Gallery  |  Lester Capon

  • Through The Woods
    by H.E. Bates
    Victor Gollancz, 1936
    Illustrated by Agnes Miller Parker
    bound 2007
    Pierced vellum binding with underlays of hand stained hand made paper. Tooled and lettered in gold.

    A colourful wood - the design alludes to trees and hanging branches with petals and water running through the centre and leaf mould along the bottom.
  • The Poet Of Them All ā€“ William Shakespeare and Miniature Designer Bindings from the Collection of Neale and Margaret Albert
    Yale Center for British Art, 2016
    bound 2017

    Bound in full burgundy goatskin. Multi-coloured inlays and onlays. Gold, silver and blind tooling. Inlaid leather lines.

    The title of the book and its various subtitles form the basis for the design. The main grid on the front board contains the main title. Inlaid blue leather lines on the perimeter of the grid are gold tooled with the titles of the different editions within the book. The main grid on the back board contains the ownership of the collections with subtitles gold tooled round the edges. The spine onlays help to link the two boards.As the book illustrates a collection of miniature bindings I thought it appropriate to divide the design up into small compartments alluding to the small books inside. Of course this necessitated me doing 32 little designs rather than just one!
  • The Heroes
    by Charles Kingsley
    Medici Society, 1912
    Illustrated by Sir William Russell Flint
    No. 2 of 12 copies on vellum
    bound 2015

    Full dark green goatskin with hand stained paper and leather inlays. Inlaid leather lines. Tooled and lettered in gold.

    The central motif is based on a shield, at least how Iā€™d like a shield to look. The design refers to the influence of the Gods in the heavens.

Lester started binding at Camberwell School of Art and Crafts in 1975 and worked for James Brockman from 1977 to 1993. He ran the Fine Binding course at Guildford College until 2000 when he became self-employed and now works as a binder and conservator in Tewkesbury.

He teaches a summer school in Finland and travels occasionally to Ethiopia to work on manuscripts and artifacts, most notably the Garima Gospels. Elected a Fellow of Designer Bookbinders in 1986, he has served as President twice (2003-05 & 2009-11). His bindings are in various public and private collections including the British Library; Pierpoint Morgan Library New York; John Ryland Library.