The design for Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation Bible was very modern for its time, reflecting the post-war optimism. Musical staves were cleverly wrapped around the whole Bible using the raised bands to link the front, spine, and back. This design also features a diamond inlay of cream calf skin leather, along with the Queen’s cypher and the royal coat of arms.
Taking into consideration the design of previous Coronation Bibles was important in the creation of King Charles III’s Bible, as we wanted to emulate a sense of tradition and heritage, while also bringing a contemporary twist to the layout. Through the flora led design, we convey the celebration, regality, and solemnity of the occasion which felt fitting given how passionate the King is about gardening, nature, and the environment.
While we had to slightly adapt our initial ideas based on the hand tools available from the bookbinders, many were chosen for their beauty and how well they fitted together to create a circlet of flora that as a whole looks like a flower in full bloom. Our collaboration with Shepherds, Sangorski & Sutcliffe to refine and add detail, showcased their skills as fine bookbinders and ensured the highest quality design was created resulting in a truly special binding for the coronation ceremony.
This is the third of three guest posts by people involved in the creation of the Coronation Bible. You can read Part I here and Part II here.