Binders help book a place in history

Robert McKernan (left), assistant book-binder Audrey Baillie and Iain Kirkwood with some of their work

Robert McKernan (left), assistant book-binder Audrey Baillie and Iain Kirkwood with some of their work

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A Falkirk book-binders has completed one of its most specialised jobs – making a copy of the rare and valuable Gutenberg Bible.

Helix Binders worked with the John Rylands Library in Manchester on the project to create a ‘handling’ copy of the original book which was published in the 15th century.

With only seven copies of the bible, which are each worth in excess of £40 million, in existence in the UK, the library wanted to provide scholars and visiting parties with a rare opportunity to view and touch a replica of the iconic volume owned by the University of Manchester.

The copy, which was produced using the combined 60 years’ experience of Helix Binders owners Iain Kirkwood and Robert McKernan, has now been delivered to the library and is expected to be unveiled to visiting parties in the New Year.

Managing director Iain said: “To have played such a crucial role in creating a copy of the bible, thought to be the first major book printed in the west using mass produced moveable type, is a privilege.”

Formed in 2007, Helix Binders has established a reputation for producing high-quality, limited edition books that have been sent to royalty throughout the world.

Now, with the help of Business Gateway Falkirk, the company, which employs five people at its base in West Mains Industrial Estate, is looking to create a new website that will promote all its services, including a photobook printing service which will be launched next year.