The Gently Mad Edinburgh Bookbinder and Bookseller
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Lilliesleaf Scottish Pottery
Lilliesleaf Scottish Borders Pottery
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19th century hand-coloured bird print by F.O. Morris
19th century
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Lovely leather bookbindings

The Gently Mad Book Shop, New Town, Edinburgh

Just a short stroll from Edinburgh’s Botanical Gardens you will find The Gently Mad, a friendly and welcoming bookshop & bookbinders. The shop was opened in 2012 by Rab Mullin, who was quickly joined by son, Baz.

Entering our shop is like stepping back in time, it’s quirky, charming and has the distinctive smell of old leather volumes and dusty books.

We love people to come in and browse and chat and are always happy to help you find what you’re looking for.

We always carry a wide selection of Natural History, Children’s illustrated, books of Scottish interest, Architecture, Classic Fiction, Science, etc.

We also sell a range of 19th century mounted prints, vintage postcards, and a small amount of antiques and curios.

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The Gently Mad undertake most types of bookbinding and book restoration.

Fine leather bindings ~ cloth-bound books in various styles ~ slipcases to protect your special books ~ rebacking and restoration of leather volumes ~ bespoke guest/visitor books ~ student thesis ~ bible restoration ~ artists books ~ gilt decoration & leather pictorial onlays

Lifting the old leather while repairing the volume

We're always happy to discuss your personal binding requirements!!

Some of our clients have included the film industry, Her Majesty the Queen, on behlaf of the RAF and The Robin Chapel, Edinburgh University, The Church of Scotland, authors and artists, etc . .


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~ Featured ~
Leather onlay for Mervyn Peake's Alice
A leather onlay for Mervyn Peake's Alice
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~ Beatles Poster ~
Large Beatles Poster 1970s
Large 1970s Beatles poster for sale
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~ Dutch Onlay ~
Leather only for Dutch Fairy Tale Book
Examples of Baz's
leather onlay work
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