The Bindery at Royal Books

Since 2009, Royal Books has offered custom made, quarter leather clamshell boxes to our customers, made in our on premise bindery by Amber Fricke. A trained conservator, Amber has attended workshops and classes at Cat Tail Run Bindery and Texas A&M, and shadowed other binders.

Our boxes are ideal for storing, displaying, and protecting rare items, including scripts, books, photo sets, letters, manuscripts, and other ephemera. Available in a variety of colors and styles, boxes can be customized a number of ways to best display your items.

Boxes take six to eight weeks to complete, and we need to have the item on hand to ensure proper sizing.

If you are interested in ordering a box, or have any questions, please contact John at or 410-366-7329


Octavo box, sized for a hardcover book
Octavo box with a rounded spine
Quarto box, sized for a script
Photograph binder for displaying up to 55 photographs 
Chemise for octavo boxes for an additional
Chemise for quarto boxes for an additional
Document window for displaying ephemera alongside an item for an additional
Document drawer for housing loose ephemera under an item for an additional

Available Materials

Standard cloth colors (shown to the left) are available and included with the cost of a box.

Special Order cloth colors (shown below) are available for an additional $50

We offer black, brown, and maroon leather, with stamping in your choice of gold or silver, all included with the cost of the box

Images from the Bindery