My passion for hand bound books is well-known. This is probably the most beautiful one I will ever own.
It took over a month to make and the specially treated paper can only be made in summer as it needs hot weather and sun to be able to dry. Alex of AlexLibris, the amazing book artist who made it, worked especially hard to finish it for me in time for the new year.
Fate had other plans, however. Unfortunately, postal services all over Europe suffered great interruptions this year due to the way that Christmas public holidays fell. The Swedish postal service alone only delivered post 7 days of 21 around Christmas, so all my post was very late. This parcel travelled all the way from Serbia so got stuck somewhere for 2.5 weeks and updates just stopped. Alex was more than wonderful. As always, he kept in constant contact for moral support even when the parcel was not moving. When it got to last Friday and the parcel had not reappeared, Alex even refunded me (without even being asked) so that I would not worry. He said I could just pay him back when the book arrived. Two days after that, it arrived! He is such a kind helpful man and his work is, truly, the best I have ever seen. I have had dealings with him for close to a year now and he is not just brilliant at what he does but his customer service is EPIC! He seems like not just a seller but a friend. Always willing to answer questions, sends photographs of all progress and keeps in contact while the item is in transit.
Oh boy was I excited when that parcel landed at the local post office. Have never wanted to see anything as much as I wanted to see this beauty. I even got a new calligraphy pen for it (a left-handed one too – I usually just use right handed nibs).
Some of the photographs are a bit dark and cluttered because I had to race to beat the winter darkness. Will take some better ones one day when I have time and sunshine on my side.
Together with the book came this cuff, also made by Alex. I have a tattoo on my right wrist which I cover with cuffs and this is the perfect width. It is also light and supple. I have never felt such nice leather in a cuff actually – it is soft but sturdy and the underside feels like velvet against your skin.
I find it very hard to find cuffs my size as I have very thin wrists, despite being tall. So I usually have to have them specially made or wear children’s ones. This one Alex adjusted when I gave him measurements and it fits perfectly. It is also very comfortable.