I found this lovely gem in a charity shop, languishing at the very back of a shelf behind some very dated caravanning magazines. I fell in love with the slightly tatty exterior that marks a well read book. The library label on the inside of the book is written in shillings and pence, so pre-dates decimal currency which was introduced in Australia in 1966
I discarded the original text block, and then glued on some butter muslin (similar to cheesecloth) to reinforce the hinges between the spine and the covers. The binding is a wrapped thread of hemp woven at intervals. The pages are heavy watercolour. The beauty of this style of binding is that once all the pages are used they can be removed and a new set inserted.