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The Reverend, Hys Bigge Booke of Leather

This page contains sample chapters from the book that started it all. The introduction gives much of the background, but due to being defrocked by a database crash at the ULC, I’m no longer a real reverend. I do play one on TV.

The Reverend, His Byg Boke of Leather

Being an Treatise in six Chapters:

Table of Contents and the self-indulgent
Chapter 1 Expounding the Nature of The Industry in Seventeenth century London and Environs;
Chapter 2 Stout and decorative Footwear;
Chapter 3 Gloves, Defensive and Offensive clothing;
Chapter 4 Accessories and Personal Items of a Military and Civill nature;
Chapter 5 Vessels, bottels and other moulded containers;
Chapter 6 Chests, Tentage and other Travell and Campynge goods, such as a Gentleman or Woman may find themselves in need of in the field.

And appendicies thus:

Appendix the first; oddities found by the author which, for reasons of brevity, use,or convenience didn’t fit elsewhere;
Appendix; the types of leather, stitches, means of colouring and basic assembly; secundus
Appendix the thyrde; an dodgy and dated list of supplyers to conclude.
The Bibliography wherein the Reverend attempts to appear well-read.

6 thoughts on “The Reverend, Hys Bigge Booke of Leather

  1. Greetings! I just stumbled across your website on a lark searching for costrels, and I’m very glad to have done so. I’m terribly curious about the other chapters of your book, specifically the chapter on footwear, being an amateur cordwainer/zoccolaro myself. Hopefully, it wasn’t lost in your computer melt-down! I understand completely if it’s not being published for reasons of intellectual property, though. I’ll be looking forward to reading more of your work – thank you very much for making it public.

  2. My first ancestor to make it to the colonies (Richard Curtis, emig. 1637) was a shoemaker in Dorchester, Mass, and presumably in Reading, England before that. I am curious as to what sort of tools he might have used, and whether or not it is financially feasible for a part-time librarian to learn the craft. Lasts don’t come cheap…

  3. Hey Rev!

    Really enjoy the site. I’m just starting out on the path – still building my stitching horse – and I’m trying to find the best books on traditional leatherwork.

    Is your Bigge Booke of Leather published? If so, where can obtain a copy?


  4. Hi Mal, The Bigge Booke sold out long ago (the print run was 40). You can download all but chapters 2 and 3 from this page as separate pdfs, those chapters contain illustrations that I haven’t been able to get permission to distribute beyond the original print run.


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