Douglas Cockerell, 1870-1945

Biographical note

British master bookbinder.

"His artist's eye was always on the outlook for inspiration from the world around him. A simple arch, an elaborate leaf pattern, the curve of a swimming fish, and many other images and forms from nature were skillfully rendered by Cockerell into his unique and often slightly organic binding designs. As well as creating beautiful designs, Cockerell insisted on harmony between his design, the book's content, the structure of the book, and the proposed use of the volume. The high standards of craftmanship and design achieved by Cockerell in his own work and which he passed on to his students and apprentices revived and revolutionized the art of modern bookbinding."

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