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Discovery || Abacus Bookbinding Florence

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I find great joy in finding gems in a foreign city without the help of any prior knowledge.  Today I fell upon one of the most incredible shops that specialized in bookbinding.  Run by Rafaelle and his wife Rita, they specialize in classic bookbinding.

Since 1985 our store is well-known in Florence for offering the best in bookbinding and book restoration, with absolute honesty and professionality, and for the skill used in accomplishing the commissioned work.

To call them artists would be an understatement.  Located in the heart of Firenze, I took a glance at the window display and knew I fell upon something.  I looked on the door and noticed a sign that read “I’m in the workshop next door”.  Lo and behold, Rafaelle was in the actual workshop where all the great books are made and I promptly asked him if I could see his shop.  Of course, there was quite a bit of a language barrier and it was difficult to communicate, but the art spoke for itself.  The books are beautifully made in leather sourced from Florence in methods that date back millennia.

As of late, I’ve been on a bit of a notebook crazy, trying various Moleskins, Field Notes, and other random goodies.  So today I purchased a natural leather bound notebook that I found to be amazing.  After selecting the notebook, he meticulously opens it, packages it, and hands it to me.  Check out their website and enjoy the pictures.







Written by Victor

August 30, 2009 at 11:59 am