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Leather Bibliography

This bibliography has been compiled from the catalogue of the specialist library collection at Walsall Leather Museum.
The collection is available for reference use on most weekdays, by prior appointments.
We are unable to lend books from the collection, but most of the titles listed here should be available from public libraries in the U.K., through the inter-library loans system.
Items marked with an asterisk are those which we have found to be particularly useful as good introductions to the subject.

Leather Bibliography (pdf 261KB)


  1. Leather: Reference and General Works
  2. History of Tanning and Currying
  3. The Craft of the Tanner and Currier
  4. The History of the Saddlery and Harness Trades
  5. Making Saddlery and Harness
  6. The Evolution of Saddles
  7. Leathercraft
  8. Costume Accessories
  9. Gloves and Glovemaking
  10. History of the Leathergoods Industry
  11. Bookbinding Techniques
  12. The History of Bookbindings
  13. The History of Shoes and Shoemaking
  14. Making Boots and Shoes
  15. Miscellaneous Leather Products and Crafts
  16. Leather Conservation

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