Mustang Bindery

Malcolm L. Phelps, Bookbinder

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This page will give you a little more information about Malcolm and Mustang Bindery. Here I will post news about upcoming events that I am participating in, as well

A few words about pricing:

Since the work that I do is individually handcrafted I do not have a set price list for each product or service. Each item is unique,requiring different materials, varying amounts of labor, and various skills and techniques - and especially in the case of a repair, diverse conditions in the current state of the book and the intended use, are some of the factors in establishing an estimate. Just as no two people are the same, so it is with books.

If you would like an estimate, please contact me. I would be happy to talk with you regarding custom work or repairs.

If you are in the area:

If you would like to visit, please call or e-mail me to set up a time that is convenient for both of us. I enjoy meeting people and looking at their books. Since I work out of my home, appointment times can be arranged for evenings, weekends, or holidays.

You can contact me by phone at: (603) 239-4640

or email at:

If you are out of the area -

You can call me at: (603) 239-4640

Direct your inquiries or send a book or package to:

Malcolm L. Phelps
Mustang Bindery
25 Michigan Street
Winchester, NH 03470-2424

Just a note about estimates:

If you would like me to give you an estimate about custom bookbinding or protective enclosures, I will need as much information about the following as you can provide:

What type of materials are you thinking about for your project? Leather, bookcloth, imitation leather, paper, fabric, or other material.

What is the size of your book or box? Height, Width, Depth.

For albums, journals, sketchbooks - What weight of paper would you like? What color? Handmade or machine-made?

Would you like a recessed area for a photo or other object?

Do you need your book or album to open flat? Or is a more traditional rounded spine the look you desire?

If you do not know the answers to these questions, I can offer suggestions to help you in your decision making.

Estimates on repairs:

Giving an estimate on a repair is one of the most challenging aspects of the trade. Many factors are involved in establishing a price. The best way to estimate is to actually see the book in person, either by meeting with me or to send the book to me. You will know exactly how much you can expect your repair to cost.

If that is not possible, you can send me photos showing the areas of concern, both close up and from a distance. I can estimate giving you a price range with which you can decide how to proceed. Estimates may be revised, either up or down, upon actually having direct contact with the book. In the event that that should happen, no work will be performed until you approve of the change.

Either way, estimates are free and there is no obligation. If you send a book to me and decide not to repair it, your only expense is the cost of shipping.
Full leather binding with chemise and slipcase

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