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

Bindery Machines

Bindery workspace


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

Available leathers in Black, Brown, and Red

Standard cloth colors Red, Maroon, Dark Green, Black, Light grey, Tan, Forest Green, and Coffee

Special order cloth colors Bright Red, Dark Red, Purple, Navy, Royal Blue, Light Blue, Bright Blue, Gray, White, Cream, Light Brow, Teal, Green, Lime Green, Brick, Ochre, Bright Orange, and Orange Gold

Images from the Bindery

Binder in action
Binder measuring cloth
Binder cutting cloth
Sewing cloth
Hard cover binding