JS Wilson and Son Bookbinders


J. S. Wilson & Son was established in Trinity Street, Cambridge in 1830 making our company the oldest trading bookbinders in the UK.

Our craftsmen work using both traditional methods as well as the latest machinery available

Book Restoration

J S Wilson & Son bookbinders has 185 years of experience in traditional and academic binding and having worked with all of the Cambridge University colleges and departments at different times over the years, plus in addition working on valuable collections for famous libraries and museums, our bindery offers the best skills available.

Book Restoration

Book Finishing

We offer bookbinding services for libraries, designers, private individuals from basic binding to high end binding including repair and conservation of books.

We can offer you a range of services whether it be for the serious collector needing a valuable book restored or someone requiring the simple binding of a set of magazines. Alternatively it might be a personalised present, for example a This is Your Life book, programmes (in sport or music), music scores, magazines (eg. fishing, gardening, motorsport), personal poems or stories, the binding of family histories, etc.

Book Finishing

Thesis Binding

We offer the following types of binding for all universities:

  • Wire binding
  • Comb binding
  • Spiral binding
  • Channel binding
  • Full cloth soft binding
  • Thermal crimped binding
  • Soft binding with acetate front cover and cloth spine
  • Hard case binding with embossing on either the spine only or the spine and front cover.
Thesis Binding


In most cases scanning can be carried out without taking the book apart provided there is a good enough margin.  If not the book block is removed from the case and the pages are removed into individual pages then scanned and can then be rebound, if required.

Reasons for having a book scanned; if within your library you have old bindings that are referred to regularly and your preference is not to have these handled then here is our suggestion: scan it, reprint it, new bind, also provide the contents of the book on disc, rebind the original (or leave as is), bind the new print and use the new print for viewing.  The original can then be placed in storage.  We can supply an archival box, if required.

Can we help?