Slipcases, clamshell boxes, portfolios, and other enclosures
Repair is one way to protect books and ephemera; another is putting them in protective enclosures such as a clamshell (drop-spine) box, a chemise and slipcase, or a portfolio. I custom-build custom enclosures that take into account your book’s specific needs, and design them so the book inside is easily accessible and the box itself is attractive to look at and a pleasure to handle.
Boxes can be simple or ornately decorated, built with a flat or rounded spine, with or without raised bands, and using leather, cloth, or paper---your tastes will guide the box's final design.
When appropriate, my clamshell boxes feature a fourth wall with an easy-access cutout at the spine edge to protect your books or ephemera from dust and prevent them from sliding out as the box is opened. My chemises are without exception built with four flaps so they fully enclose your book and protect it from rubbing at the head and tail.
Contact me here with inquiries about a box or portfolio project.