Custom Slip-cases

Samples of Completed Projects
Handcrafted, custom slip-cases built to house and protect your valuable books, manuscripts, maps, family records, photographs, fine art prints, etc. Cases are constructed of heavy duty, archival quality book-binder's board, then covered with paper, or cloth, in colors that will complement the items, including custom papers/fabric of your own design.
The standard, default, coverings will be Lokta paper.
Lokta is hand-made paper from Nepal and is available in a wide variety of colors.
From Wikipedia: "Handmade lokta-based craft paper products continue to offer considerable economic sustainability for poor rural Nepalese women due to their high-quality niche market potential."
Prices for slip-cases start at just $60.00 (un-lined); $75.00 (soft-lining), plus shipping.
It is recommended, but not mandatory, that you send the book to us for proper measurement.
To obtain a cost estimate, measurements accurate to 1/2-inch (15mm) are sufficient. Height, width, and 'spine' measurements required.
For actual construction, measurements accurate to within 1/16-inch (1mm) are necessary.
For further details, just send an EMail message by using the link at the bottom of this page.
You may also supply your own covering material, if you wish. Write for details on what materials can be used.
Details, and photos, of selected past projects shown below.
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A 'Gold' Slipcase
Slip-case built to house author Scott Kinkade's 'Infini Calendar' trilogy.
Exterior covered in 'gold' Lokta paper with reproductions of the book covers from #2 and #3 of the trilogy, inset.
'The Rainbow Box' set - Slipcase
Slip-case for the 4-volume set. Collage of book images, printed on white art-paper, for the main panels - edge high-lights with black marker.
Individual titles in the set: The Peace Box, The Rabbit Box, A Box of Sun, The Magic Box.
Two slip-cases, leather covering
Two slip-cases built for a client. Exterior is book-calf leather dyed to customer request, internal lining is Lokta* paper, laser/foil 'peacock' monogram designed to customer specifications.
*Lokta paper is hand-made in Nepal from inner-bark fibers of the Lokta bush {Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea}. Wonderful paper to work with.
Second photo provided by the client.
Milton's Poetical Works - Slipcase
Slip-case for a two-volume set of "Milton's Poetical Works", full-leather, Printed by John Baskerville, for J. and R. Tonson, in London MDCCLX [1760].
Minor repairs to both volumes. Interior of slip-case is red velour, exterior is 'Raspberry' Lokta* paper decorated with gold foil to be complementary to the book covers.
*Lokta paper is hand-made in Nepal from inner-bark fibers of the Lokta bush {Daphne bholua and Daphne papyracea}. Wonderful paper to work with.
The Grapes Of Wrath - Slipcase
Limited Editions Club printing (1940) of 'The Grapes Of Wrath' by John Steinbeck.
Books have grass-cloth covered boards, quarter suede. Slip-case has heavy cloth covering, with faux suede edge-trim.
Walden by Henry David Thoreau, photographs by Edward Steichen. Limited Editions Club, 1936.
Slip-case fabric, a batik, chosen to be suggestive of ponds and marshes, with edge-trim of a complementary solid blue.
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman, photographs by Edward Weston. Limited Editions Club, 1942.
Slip-case fabric chosen to complement the photo covers on the books.
Two-volume set of 'Gold Rush - The Journals, Drawings, and Other Papers of J. Goldsborough Bruff : April 2, 1849 - July 20, 1851'.
Slipcase covering is black 100% cotton paper, with reproduction of the paste-down found on the original publisher's slip-case.
Totem Poles of the Northwest - 3 booklets and 1 pamphlet, all 4 written by Marius Barbeau.
Slipcase covering is a light-blue art-paper.
Jefferson Davis - Ex-President of the Confederate States a 'Memoir by His Wife', published 1890.
Covering is linen-texture photo paper with reproduction of the marbled end-papers found in the volumes.
Two-volume edition of 'Atlas Shrugged' by Ayn Rand.
Marbled paper covering.
First edition, signed, numbered, of 'The Ghostway' by Tony Hillerman.
Panel material chosen to complement reds and oranges on the dustjacket - edge trim material to complement the blues, purples, and greens of the jacket.
Painting Indiana : Portraits of Indiana's 92 Counties, edited by Anne Bryan Carter, Quarry Books, Bloomington, 2005, ISBN: 0253336929.
Covering fabric chosen to complement the colors and brush strokes of the front cover illustration.
'K2 : The Price of Conquest', by Lino Lacedelli & Giovanni Cenacchi, The Mountaineers Books, Seattle, 2006, ISBN: 0953863131.
Ribbon added, at customer request, to aid in removing book from case. Custom engraved plate, provided by customer, in front panel of the box for a shadow-box effect.
Limited Edition of 'Under the Dome', by Stephen King, Simon & Schuster, New York, 2009, ISBN: 9781439173879.
A custom slipcase addressing the problems inherent in such a thick book where weak hinges develop from the text block sagging has been designed and constructed and now houses the book safely. This custom slipcase contains an ivory satin-covered text block support block (very smooth, so the lower page edges can slide across it safely without snagging and yet rest on it while the book is in the case) with grooves on each side for the lower edges of the book's binding and lower spine edge, with the whole inside of the slipcase lined in the same ivory colored satin to prevent any rubbing or color transfer to the page edges. There is also a thumb-hole in the enclosed back end of the case so no vacuum lock is created when inserting or removing the book from the case (always a problem with very thick books). The cards, which are part of the limited edition, are now housed in a separate small slipcase built onto the top of the book's slipcase - which has both a silver ribbon pull for removing them easily and also a silver ribbon with velcro fastener at the open end to keep them safely in their compartment.
Second photo courtesy of the book-dealer who ordered this slipcase.
Breakfast At Tiffany's, by Truman Capote, Random House, New York, 1958.
Ribbon added, at customer request, to aid in removing book from case.

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