Good Reading : October 2004
16 goodreading book keeping Iam sitting in the office of LJ Cullen, a bookbindery that has been operating since 1946. Here they bind periodicals, law journals, newspapers, theses and other items such as minutes from council meetings, as well as rebinding well- read books from public and personal libraries. What is particularly inter- esting to me about LJ Cullen is that they rebind these books in the traditional manner, using mostly hand-driven machines, with crafts- men overseeing the process and completing the binding of one book at a time. I have quite a few books in my library that are falling apart: the insides have come away from the outsides, all sewnup Treasured but tattered old tomes are given a new lease of life by a specialist bookbinding firm, as ROWENA CSEH discovers when she tours the premises in Sydney’s southwest.