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The Great Omar was the most fabulous, elaborate and opulent bookbinding ever created. It was embellished with over one thousand jewels, five thousand leather onlays and a hundred square feet of gold leaf, and took a team of craftsmen over two and a half years to make. It went down with the Titanic. As Phileas reaches Cobh in Ireland, the final calling point of the Titanic, award winning bookbinder Dominic Riley tells the story of this remarkable work of art.

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Jewelled Bindings

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Next stop

16 Sept 2021

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