Robin Nicholas of Monotype Imaging. The text is enhanced by Richard Shirley Smith’s head- and tail-piece drawings, three of which appear in this prospectus. He has also been inspired by architectural features in the Highgrove garden to create the patterned endpapers of the finished book. The Highgrove Florilegium is presented as a two-volume work, half-bound in red goatskin with marbled paper sides. The leather is specially prepared and dyed by J. Hewit & Sons in Edinburgh, while Victoria Hall in Norwich produces every sheet of marbled paper by hand, using the traditional methods which involve the floating and combing of colours on a bath of size. The design for the binding was developed by James Brockman of Oxford and is executed by Stephen Conway in Halifax who is responsible for folding and sewing all the sheets by hand and making up the books. The hand finishing and gold leaf tooling of the spine is carried out by James and Stuart Brockman: the tools used for the decorative motifs and The Prince of Wales’ feathers have been made from designs by Richard Shirley Smith. More than a hundred artists, designers and craftspeople have been involved in the production of this remarkable book. Their skills are indeed a fitting tribute to the great garden it celebrates.
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