As the title implies, I am a bookbinder who designs his own leather artistic books, and then does all the work - sewing, new boards, silk endbands, leather over the boards, and design in inlays or onlays. That artistic interpretation, whether somewhat traditional, or abstract, or in some other imaginative way, reflects the content of the book. The book might be old, or from a private press, or emotionally special. But in my view, in this artistic case, you should be able to tell the book by its cover as you can see from the examples below. Click to enlarge.