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19th century hand-coloured bird print by F.O. Morris
19th century
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  ~ a father & son business ~


Rab trained as a traditional bookbinder with The National Trust for Scotland in Edinburgh where he spent many years learning his craft.

Minimal intervention is key to Rab's ethos when restoring your valuable and sentimental volumes.

"Every book has its own personality and therefore each must be approached individually so that it retains its original character"

Rab is considered an expert in Ladybird books and published the definitive guide to Ladybird books in 2005, as an e-book, selling more than 10,000 copies. He has also contributed to Millers Collectibles guide (2007) and done several interviews for the media regarding Ladybird books. He created and ran The Wee Web, a well-known website dedicated to Ladybird books, with links from the BBC and Ladybird publishers themselves.

Rab's knowledge extends well beyond ladybird books. He has a keen interest and wide knowledge regarding illustrated children's books, and has a passion for well-illustrated natural history books.


Baz has trained, and worked, as a bookbinder under his father’s guidance for the last 10 years.

He has developed a real aptitude for the craft and produces some stunning bindings with spectacular onlays for his fine bindings.

Some of his work has sold to members of the PBFA and to private book collectors around the world.


Baz is a very talented artist which can be seen in his binding work. He has an incredible eye for detail and uses the tiniest pieces of leather to create truly beautiful works.

See some of his work >

Baz, like his father, is a keen music lover and if you're lucky enough you might hear either of them playing guitar between jobs. Feel free to join in . . and dancing is definitely allowed!!

  ~ about our book shop ~

Shelf of leather Bindings at The Gently Mad Book Shop

Entering our shop is like stepping back in time, it’s quirky, charming and has the distinctive smell of old leather volumes. We love people to come in and browse and chat and are always happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

We have an eclectic mix of books with most of the stock being antiquarian. We always carry a wide selection of Natural History, Children’s illustrated, books of Scottish interest, Architecture, Classic Fiction, Science, etc. We also make a cracking cup of tea so don’t be shy to ask.
Our bindery is integrated into our bookshop, where we only use traditional materials and methods for repairing and restoring those well-loved volumes.

For customers looking for unique bindings, such as visitors’ books, artist’s sketchpads, journals, student theses etc we will work with you to ensure you get the look you are after. We offer a truly bespoke, artisan service at competitive prices, and treat every book as if it was our own.

Our clients have included the Queen, the film industry, MPs and many other lovely interesting people.

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Leather onlay for Mervyn Peake's Alice
A leather onlay for Mervyn Peake's Alice
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~ Dutch Onlay ~
Leather only for Dutch Fairy Tale Book
Example of Baz's
leather onlay work
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The Gently Mad : 2 Summer Place, Edinburgh, EH3 5NR : 0131 261 6028 / 07702592972