I recently finished binding a dear friend's wife's thesis—sewn on raised bands and covered in quarter goat leather with cloth sides and parchment corners, titled in gold. It was supposed to be a Christmas present for her but he couldn't wait!
This book from 1616 is the first folio (smaller) edition of the King James Bible, and it's had a rough last couple of centuries. It's one of my upcoming treatments once funding is secured: clean it, everywhere; solve the problem of the unstable left board, badly eaten by furniture beetle; flatten and repair the leaves that give a new meaning to "false folds;" stabilize what's left of the metal furniture, and make a safe box to store it in.
Some more treats from the retired bookbinder: a load of sample books, most from the mid-80s.
She says "the bindery tends to look messy in photos."