When it was completed in 1912, the Great Omar was the most elaborate and opulent binding ever created. It was embellished with over one thousand jewels, five thousand leather onlays and a hundred square feet of gold leaf. On the 15 April 1912, it went down with the Titanic. This lecture tells the story of the Great Omar and the bookbinders, Sangorski and Sutcliffe, who were renowned for their fabulous jewelled bindings and the moving story of life after the Titanic tragedy, and of one young man in particular, who decided to recreate the binding.
Dominic Riley studied Art History at the University of Leeds, and Bookbinding at the London College of Printing. A professional bookbinder, he has lectured to colleges, art centres and antiquarian book fairs in both the UK and USA. In addition, he has curated three bookbinding exhibitions in San Francisco, organised a variety of weekend workshops and training seminars, and published many articles.