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  • Julian Thomas
  • Y Mabinogion
    Edited by Dafydd Ifans and Rhiannon Ifans
    Gwasg Gomer, 2001
    Bound 2011
    212 x 170 x 30mm

    The Mabinogion is a collection of tales from Welsh medieval poetry and earlier Pre-Christian Welsh mythology.
    The design is based on the idea of looking back through time at scenes from the Mabinogion. A combination of these are represented in watercolours painted on both boards that are covered in translucent vellum. The spine and foredges of the volume are covered in dark purple goatskin with cut-away edges painted with dark green acrylic paint.

    Four vertical pieces of calf printed with script from the four branches of the Mabinogion are onlaid onto the vellum. The angled edges of these four pieces have been gilded. Also used are four horizontal pieces of gilded and embossed calfskin. The edges of the book are cut and coloured with acrylic paint and the headbands are sewn in yellow, black and purple silk. The volume has green goatskin doublures and endpapers printed with Celtic images. The volume is lettered across the spine in gold and the title page is signed by the book’s editors.
  • Poems of Taliesin
    Published by The Tern Press, 1989
    374 x 273 x 19mm
    Bound 1992

    Covered in stained calf vellum, tooled in gold and black. Gilded deckled edges, marbled endpapers.
  • George Herbert: Sundrie Pieces
    Gwasg Gregynog, 2003
    306 x 184 x 28mm
    Bound 2004

    Goatskin, dyed and gilded calfskin. Head coloured with acrylic ink and polished. Gold lettering on spine.

Julian served a four-year apprenticeship at the National Library of Wales, working under John Bowen who had been trained by George Fisher at The Gregynog Press. He was Head of the Conservation Section at the library from 1980 until his retirement in 2010. He now works from home where he undertakes commissioned fine bindings and some book conservation.

Julian was elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1996 and has exhibited and been commissioned both at home and abroad. He is an accredited member of the Institute of Paper Conservation and of the National Council for Conservation-Restoration.