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A binder’s ticket is a little slip of paper, printed with the binder’s information. Pretty straightforward. But it is more than that. This small slip of paper has been a great venue for design over the centuries; it is also a window into the binder’s world and the context in which he worked; and it is a tool for unveiling the often cryptic history of bookbinding.

Since the ticket is a window into the world of the binder, I thought it appropriate that I call this online journal a ticket; it is a window into this bindery. Enjoy.

My bindery is a one person operation. All work here is approached historically. Follow the blog to see how new bindings are created to match given historical styles, or how restoration is done sensitively to harmonize new and old materials.

Wiering Books is Vernon Wiering, a bookbinder working at books for two score and five years. I also value tinkering, and manage to find times to do so, as often that is where new ideas are born.


A strong yet whimsical 19th Century ticket. Actual size is about 1.5 cm wide.

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  1. So what does your binder’s ticket look like? Is the ticket visible in the finished book, or only when another binder takes the book apart to rebuild it?

    Andrew DeBoerMay 11, 2010 @ 10:52 am
  2. I have a ticket in the works. I’ve used different inkjet printed tickets in the past but will do something that has a more engraved look for my next one. Will post about it when I get there.

    Most binder’s tickets are small, about 5mm x 10mm, and are adhered to the lower inside of the back cover. A good place to see some tickets if you want to see more tickets, the online bookbinders museum, run by Tim James, is a good place to start: