Specialists in everything to do with Bookbinding, Repair & Printing

Here at Hubert Bookbindery we offer a wide range of specialist Services from personalised wedding albums to book repair.

Specialist book repairs

Book Repairs

We have lovingly restored family heirlooms, old bibles, collector’s editions and historical journals using the methods outlined below.

There are three typical cases depending on the state of the book:

Total repair – A sympathetic approach toward the original binding reusing as much of the existing materials as possible.

Re-backing – removing and replacing the book’s spine while retaining the original boards. Where possible, the existing spine will be remounted.

Re-binding – replacement of the original binding with a new cover using traditional methods and appropriate binding styles.

Handmade menu covers

Custom Menu Covers

We design and craft exclusive Menu and Wine List Covers for Restaurants, Guest Houses and Hotels. They are durable and can be made from washable fabrics or leather to any size or specification. The logo can be embossed on the front cover and gold or silver corners attached for added protected and decoration.

Our customers include The Yeats room at Ballymaloe House, Gilberts in Cobh and Isaacs in Cork

Personalised wedding albums

Wedding & Personalised Photo Albums

Our Photo Albums, similar to our wedding albums, contain black or ivory pages with tissue interleaf and are bound using printed cotton fabric or a variety of cloths combined with hand marbled and paste papers.

We stock a variety of Albums but can make one-offs to individual requirements.

Bride and Groom Gifts

From personalised photo albums for parents of the bride and groom to special guestbooks as a gift for the ‘bride to be’ at her hen party, we can help you mark that special occasion. You can choose from Crushed Velvet, Shimmer Silk or Chinese Embroidered Silk. They can be finished with a Flap, Ribbon, and Bead. Also, your own Fabric may be used on approval. Embossing can include name, date and place of event.

Personal book binding

Personal Binding

We offer limited edition printing and binding service for your own personalised books and projects.

We make all different types of personal binding all year round. As you can see above these consist of recipe books, repair your favourite book, create a new binding, guest books. portfolios, bespoke leather journals, fine leather bindings.

All our personal bindings are made to order. These can be any shape or size. You can even use your own material for the cover (ring us for advice).

Choose from a selection of Cover Materials, Handmade Papers and Printing, Binding & Embossing options below

Cover Materials Options

Buckram Cloth

Buckram is a high quality coated and wipeable fabric

Rexine Fabric

Rexine is a high quality coated and wipeable fabric with a light texture

Linen Fabric

Linen is a soft matt open weave fabric

linen swatch, swatch, linen

Compound Leather

Compound leather is high quality leatherette fabric


Our leathers range from Book calf and Antique leathers used for repair work to speciality leathers such as, Nigerian and Indian Goat skins, Grade 1 Calf skins and Sheep leathers which we use throughout all of our work. We source our leathers from Hewitt’s (UK) and Franz Hoffmann (Germany)

Handmade Paper Options

Handmade Papers

We also stock decoratively printed and hand-made papers from Germany, England and Italy . All of our special papers may be used for endpapers, special inserts with embossed dedications or in the covering of books and boxes. These papers are used with our leathers and cloths.

Petal and Leaf

These are from Nepal and India, are delicate handmade papers into which real petals and leaves have been embedded.



Each sheet of hand-marbled paper is unique. Water-based inks are floated on a size made from Carragheen moss and the pattern carefully combed. A sheet of paper is then laid on the size and the pattern is picked up. When the paper has been rinsed and dried, it is pressed. By this method a fine line and clarity can be achieved which is not possible by other methods. With care and skill a good match can be made giving uniformity whilst still retaining the individuality of each sheet.

We use hand-marbled papers from Jemma Lewis Marbling, England, and Marbled Arts, Italy.


These are handmade Japanese papers. These contain modern repeat patterns.

Printing, Binding & Embossing Options


Margins should be minimum of 2 cm on the binding side

Double sided printing (All thesis are printed single sided unless specified) – Organise margins so the 2 cm is always on the side of binding (left on first side and right on the other side of page)

We only Print from a PDF file – no word docs will be accepted – For converting your file to a PDF you can use CutePDF Writer.

All our printing is on good quality white 90 gsm paper – we also have white/cream 100 gsm paper must specify (0.02c extra)

Crop marks only need to contain these on the first page

We do not format any of the documents we receive.


We can binding up to up to 500 pages (6.5cm width).

Any size up to A1 – all our bindings are custom

Glue bound, ring bound (up to 80 pages) and lumbeck (extra thick)


We use traditional typesetting methods to emboss all of our books. As well as gold embossing we use various coloured foils. We also have facilities to emboss corporate logos and bespoke designs.

We have a selection of fronts to choose Times Roman, Kent, York, Fournier.

If you would like a logo embossed. We order our blocks from Graphic Arts, Dublin (ring to organise specifications)

We have a variety of coloured foils – pink, red, grey, blue, silver, gold, black, white, orange, yellow and black

Speciality hand book binding

Speciality Binding

Contemporary Fine Binding makes imaginative use of traditional materials while combining more unusual elements. We bind limited editions, visitors’ books, artists’ books and other materials with a unique design in a traditional or modern finish.

The highest quality Goatskin, Calf and Vellum are worked entirely by hand.


Leather Spine in Goat or Calf

Goat Vellum Spine

Raised Bands and Caps

Hand Marbled Panels

Hand Printed Paper

Decorative Edging

Gold titling or ornamentation

handmade presentation and portfolio boxes

Presentation Boxes & Portfolios

Box Making

Slipcases or Solander Boxes can be custom built to protect the book or album from light and dust.

Presentation box folders and Portfolios can be made to any size, colour and finish to house prints, drawings or photographs.

We have completed projects for many renowned artists, photographers and institutions including The Hunt Museum, West Cork Arts Centre, Limerick University and UCC.

Keepsake Boxes

Our beautiful handcrafted Memory Keepsake Boxes are the perfect way to remember all those special occasions (hen nights, birthdays, anniversaries etc.). Choose from our extensive range of linens, silks and fine papers. Embossing can include names, dates and place of event.

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