James Tapley
Sarasota, Florida

James Tapley considers himself fortunate to have known and learned from many great American binders of the last generation including Carolyn Horton, Arno Werner, Laura Young, and Stella Patri. He operates a small one-man workshop where he undertakes a wide range of bookbinding including small edition binding, design binding, conservation, and restoration.


A traditional Islamic envelope binding in tawed goat with violet goatskin onlays and kozo doublures and flyleaves. The head will be gilt in the rough before sewing and the boards decorated with blocked gilt corner pieces in an interlaced foliage pattern while the onlayed center panels will be blocked in gilt with the Muslim Profession of Faith against a foliate ground. Tapley explains that Anne and T. J. Cobden-Sanderson were social justice warriors of the first order who devoted their lives and the work of the Doves Press to the progressive and inclusive causes and politics of their time. If alive today they would be the first to recognize and celebrate Islamic contributions to their bookbinding (these include the arabesque patterns, center and corner pieces layout, and gold tooling which dominate Doves Press bindings) as well as Muslim contributions to our larger society and faith community. "I wish to use this opportunity to do the same and unite the West’s three great faith traditions of Christianity, Judaism, and Islam in this one work."