Binding honour for Edinburgh man

A conservator with the National Archives of Scotland was the winner overall in the Library's annual Elizabeth Soutar Bookbinding Competition 2002. The award to James A Thorburn of Edinburgh, announced at the prize ceremony in December, was for his binding on Dreaming the Gokstadt by Thomas Joshua Cooper, which, in accordance with a condition of the award, will be added to the Library's modern craft bindings collection.   James A Thorburn

Nineteen entries were received for last year's competition - the 10th since 1993 - and, in the judges' opinion, set an exceedingly high standard. The student winner was Katarina Smedberg, from Sweden.

Commenting on his award, James expressed his pride in the fact that his work will have a place in the Library's collection - 'alongside some very important and beautiful books".

A display of all the competition entries will be organised in the near future. In the meantime, images of all the 2002 bindings are viewable online. For more on this story, see our press release.

17 January 2003

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