"Book 7" is believed to be by the binder of the destroyed volumes. "Book 8" and "Books 9" are photographs of rubbings of two of the destroyed volumes. "Book 8" shows a grid of small squares which was made by the finisher to guide him in the placing of the gilt tooling.
The bindings are made with tools such as those shown below:
Fig. 1 is a symmetrical flourish used by the Parliamentary Binders and
by other Irish binders but not,apparently, elsewhere.
Fig. 2 is an asymmetrical flourish which exists in both a right- and left-handed version.
Fig. 3 is a closed and inflected flourish.
Fig. 4 is a Flame-Plant used by the Parliamentary and other Irish binders.
Fig. 5 is a rose used by Parliamentary Binder B and other Irish binders.
Fig. 6 is a cross-over in shield.
Fig. 7 is a large trophy used by the Parliamentary and other Irish Binders and was re-cut several times.
Fig. 8 is a Cornucopia used by Parliamentary Binder B and later by other Irish Binders
Designs can be made from simple tools called gouges which arcs of a circle and pallets which are straight lines. The figure below, from Bookbinding Techniques by Pamela Richmond, shows a simple design and the tools from which it was made. Initially the project should start from these simple tools and construct the figure.
It is important to try to maintain the form produced by manual use of
the tools rather than build a stylised model of a complete binding. Larger
elements, such as the jugs in Book 7, can be produced using these or similar
tools. Hence complete bindings can be produced. The principal aim of the
project is to endeavour to produce images of what the destroyed Parliamentary
bindings looked like. They should appear as if they produced by humans
using gouges and other tools.