Scribe Bookbinding offers bespoke binding, specialized book repair and book conservation. All of our work is done by hand, using archivally sound materials and procedures.
John Stinson’s interest in books and their binding spans more than forty years. He studied bookbinding at the Franciscan Press 1958-1962 and more recently with Raffaele de Dominicis at Abacus bindery and Antoni Rigol i Muxart at the Istituto per l’Arte e il Restauro, both in Florence, RMIT University, Melbourne, and the Centro del Bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland. From 1973 to 2002 he was an academic: his specialty is in medieval musical manuscripts. He researches regularly in Italian libraries, especially the Biblioteca Laurenziana in Florence and the Vatican Library in Rome. He is a member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials. Scribe Bookbinding is committed to the Code of Ethics and Code of Practice of the AICCM.
In 2004 he acquired the bookbinding business of John Kelley, Master Bookbinder, who serviced the La Trobe University community for more than 30 years. John Kelley died in 2012.
Scribe Bookbinding offers thesis binding from thirty years of academic experience as well as custom binding and restoration on historical models.