Book Repair in Los Angeles


Restoration and Repair of Antiquarian Books

An important part of a Bookbinders craft, is restoration, the purpose being to make worn or damaged books usable again, bringing it back, as near as possible to it’s original condition, retaining as much of the original not just replacing it. The objection being to prolong their life safely.

Traditional Hand Bookbinding and Restoration is a dieing Art, it is a miss conception that a person who can bind a book, can “Patch up” old bindings.

It takes study of early binding styles and techniques. Techniques that date back to the origins of Bookbinding and Printing.

Starting with the printed pages and folding into sections, the sewing by hand on a frame to covering, using Leathers, Cloth, Marble papers.


Design Bookbinding

Specially commissioned Bookbinding’s of the extreme, expressing the content of the Book using Leather onlays, inlays, sculptured boards, sculptured and crushed leather, gold tooling, the possiblies are as far as the imagination runs.

These “one-off” bindings are for collectors and museums, often through exhibitions.

But slightly more conservative, are portfolios for Graphic Artists, Illustrators, or Commercial Photographers. Designed to catch the eye of the “Art Director” and then to be user friendly. Again constructed around the type of Art that is to be presented.



“Made in LA” exhibition at Hammer Museum

Artist Jennifer Moon and bookbinder George Busby of The Fire Monkey have collaborated on a book project, a part of the “Made in LA” exhibition at Hammer Museum!

Read more about this collaboration at:




Hello Book Lovers!

Located in Los Angeles California, The Fire Monkey Book Bindery offers the highest quality custom book binding services. Visit to learn more about our craftsman quality book binding in the olde world tradition.


Bookbinding on Television

PB&J Television commissioned me to do a full leather journal for the program “Dress My Nest” that starts in December. Part of the deal was that they filmed me binding the book. Putting gold down etc was very weird ! once I know actual date and channal will post it on blog. Book was in full chocolate brown with gold tooling and photgraph of shopping cart on front…….. you will have to watch the program to get that one ! turned out to be really a cool journal.


About George Busby

George Busby (Miss) was born in Dorset, England.

Trained Camberwell School of Art, London in Hand Bookbinding, Restoration and conservation. Apprenticed to Master Bookbinder in traditional hand bookbinding.

1983 Offered a position at Second Story books in Washington DC. Becoming head of Bindery to the four Antiquarian bookstores.

1984 held an exhibition of design Bookbinding in Washington DC.

1985 started The Fire Monkey Bindery in Venice, California.

The Fire Monkey Bindery began with an interest in combining traditional and contemporary design concepts to achieve a bindery that served both the needs of the old world and the new.

Thus leading to the interest in Design; Design Bindings and boxes. Fire Monkey Book Bindery’s clients range from select wedding photographers for custom albums- Graphic Designers for portfolios and Book promos. Movie Studios for “Not quite the real thing” To private collectors of interesting pieces and valuable books.