I am also a collector of his novels and non-fiction works, and have gathered all of his titles, including signed first editions, several signed letters, and other interesting items relating to Louis Bromfield and Malabar Farm.
Here’s a peek at my collection:
My wonderful husband and business partner has always been an excellent craftsman, whether working with wood, stone or just about any other material, for that matter. Recently he has been focusing his talent on the art of bookbinding, and as a result he has been creating some really lovely leather clam-shell cases for my Louis Bromfield collection (lucky me!).
One of the books I especially cherish in this collection is a first edition of Possession, inscribed and signed by Bromfield to his friend and fellow author, Robert Nathan. Here are photos of the progression of a custom case Ron recently finished for that book:
And here is a case for a signed limited edition of Twenty-Four Hours:
All the materials used in the cases are archival quality, including the decorative paper and glue.
I will no longer have to worry about these books gathering dust or becoming faded by the sun.
Ron’s interest in book binding has been quite the learning journey; with investment in various sizes and varieties of type, small presses, type heaters, type holders, quality leather and paper, special glues and tools. We now have an entire room dedicated to this work!
His current project is a custom case for a first edition of Rebecca, by Daphne du Maurier (Doubleday Doran, 1938) which we will soon be offering for sale.
For those interested in purchasing books by Louis Bromfield, here is a link to those currently available at Old Scrolls Book Shop.