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The Anthony Dowd collection of modern British bookbindings is one of the finest and most representative collections of its kind. Over a period of thirty-five years, through purchase and by directly commissioning binders, Anthony Dowd acquired one hundred bindings by some fifty leading makers.

Alongside the work of pioneers such as Sybil Pye, George Fisher, Roger Powell and Edgar Mansfield, there are important bindings by leading contemporary designer bookbinders, including James Brockman, Jeff Clements, Paul Delrue, Angela James, Peter Jones, Bernard Middleton, David Sellars, Philip Smith and Julian Thomas, as well as examples by the late Trevor Jones and by Ivor Robinson, who sadly died earlier this year.

Anthony Dowd deposited this remarkable collection with us in 2001, and it has been regularly exhibited ever since. A selection of his bindings is currently on display in the Rylands Gallery. Images of all the bindings in the collection are now available online via Luna.

John Hodgson