Irish Parliamentary Binding Visit

Visit – Irish Parliamentary Bindings
Saturday, March 16th, 10:00 am
Club of Odd Volumes – Host Sam Ellenport
77 Mount Vernon Street, Boston, MA 02108

Fellow member Sam Ellenport will be our host as we are invited to view some of the most spectacular bindings ever created. Member and collector Philip Maddock has been intrigued by the creation and, ultimately, the destruction of the original Irish Parliamentary Bindings. He will speak about the replicas, which have been created with bookbinder Trevor Lloyd and toolmaker Stewart Field. See examples of Trevor Lloyd’s work below.

The Irish parliamentary records were bound in spectacular fashion in the 18th century, and have been viewed by many as one of the astounding achievements in the history of bookbinding. After they were destroyed when the Records Office was blown up in 1922, the only evidence of them was from rubbings and photographs. Philip has worked for years identifying the tools, having them cut, and working with Trevor Lloyd to create replicas. On display with these bindings are others from the 18th century, as well as many of the tools used for decoration. This is a unique opportunity to view these bindings offered to our members.

The visit is free for members of the New England Chapter of the Guild of Book Workers. To register for the visit please email

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