The Pope's Bookbinder
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Updated with new chapter "Hemingway Heist"


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The Pope's Bookbinder. A Memoir.

By David Mason.
Biblioasis, 2016. 464 pages. Index. $24.95(CAD).

A memoir of Mason's forty-five years in the booktrade. After some years in Europe doing odd jobs, including a period doing bookbinding in Spain, and reading incessantly, Mason returned to Canada, apprenticed in the book trade with Joseph Patrick Books and has been selling used and rare books ever since. His memories include the books dealers, collectors, and libraries he has dealt with over that period.

The added chapter on the Hemingway / Fitzgerald / Callaghan robbery explains what happened and why the author chose not to put it in the original edition.

“For anyone who loves books too well – who lusts after them, lives in them, mainlines them – David Mason's memoir will be a fix from heaven. Heartful, cantankerous, droll, his tales of honour and obsession in the trade gratify the very book-love they portray. An irresistible read.” – Dennis Lee

“Entertaining, moving, informative, intelligently hopeful: I know of few other books like this one to warm the cockles of a booklover's heart.” – Alberto Manguel

Available now. Email us at: Order Pope's Bookbinder New Edition
Copies bought here will be signed by the author.


MASON, David. The Pope's Bookbinder

Biblioasis, 2013. 420 pages. Illustrated.

A memoir of Mason's forty-five years in the booktrade. After some years in Europe doing odd jobs, including a period doing bookbinding in Spain, and reading incessantly, Mason returned to Canada, apprenticed in the book trade with Joseph Patrick Books and has been selling used and rare books ever since. His memories include the books dealers, collectors, and libraries he has dealt with over that period.

“For anyone who loves books too well – who lusts after them, lives in them, mainlines them – David Mason's memoir will be a fix from heaven. Heartful, cantankerous, droll, his tales of honour and obsession in the trade gratify the very book-love they portray. An irresistible read.” – Dennis Lee

“Entertaining, moving, informative, intelligently hopeful: I know of few other books like this one to warm the cockles of a booklover's heart.” – Alberto Manguel

Available now. Email us at:
Copies bought here will be signed by the author.


Price $37.95 (CAD)
Usual terms to the trade.






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