So, I was tracking down a book-binder in the hope that I had lit upon a book-binding treasure.
I contacted the Society of Bookbinders and asked them, and a very nice man called Mel emailed back to say he thought he recognised the signature, but would consult with a man who would know.
It turns out the lovely little book (see below) that I wanted to take home and stroke, was bound by Katharine Adams.
She was born in 1862 and her childhood friends included the daughters of William Morris and she moved in the Arts and Crafts movement circles.
Eventually she established the Eadburgh Bindery in Gloucestershire and employed two women assistants. (Apparently it was difficult for women to get into book-binding in those days because male book-binders were not keen to apprentice them.)
Not surprisingly then, she was largely self-taught and made her own tools to make her bindings which were usually intricate, with fine gold details.
She exhibited around the world and became president of the Women’s Guild of Art and she died in 1952 having completed about 300 bindings.
And we have one of them in the shop. It is not intricate and detailed, but it is lovely.
The man who identified her mark, might be interested in buying it but I can’t ask a potential seller to value it, so now I have to find out what it is worth and sell it.
According to the UNHCR, about nine million Syrians have fled their homes since the outbreak of civil war, taking refuge in neighbouring countries or within Syria itself. More than three million have fled to Syria’s immediate neighbours – Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq and more than six million are internally displaced within Syria.
Here is a link to some of their stories http://data.unhcr.org/syrianrefugees/syria.php