Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
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Smith, Charles Philip ( 1928- )

An English bookbinder and painter who received his education at Ackworth School and his art training at the Southport College of Art. He also studied under Roger Powell at the Royal College of Art, and was awarded a 1st Class diploma in 1954. Smith worked with Sydney Morris Cockerell from 1957 to 1960, and since then has worked as a free-lance creative bookbinder and painter. His bookbindings have been exhibited widely both in Great Britain and abroad, and are to be found in the collections of the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the New York Public Library Spencer Collection, and other libraries and museums, as well as numerous private collections.

Smith has been responsible for many innovations in construction and covering technique, design, and the use of materials. He created the BOOK WALL , as well as several new techniques in cover treatment, including the feathered ONLAY , and re-constituted and sectioned onlays, which allow a greater variety, subtlety, and fluidity of color and surface, all essential to his particular mode of expression. Smith is a member of the Crafts Centre of Great Britain (1956), the Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders (1959), and the Society of Artists and Designers (1967). He is also the author of The Lord of the rings and other bookbindings (1970), and New directions in bookbinding (1974).

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