Bookbinding is the last step in the book production process after the printing work has been completed. It includes all steps from arranging and joining the pages or layers of a book to binding and decorating the book block.
While binding books was a purely manual activity until the 19th century, today a large part of the production is manufactured in industrial series production. The artisan bookbinder carries out all the operations one after the other, using only a small number of manual tools, so he makes the binding entirely by himself. Even the artistic design often comes from the bookbinder.
Gerald Williams, based in Somerset West, is one of the last of these craftsman. And his work is meticulous and perfect.