Compass Books


'Creating beautifully handcrafted art from old, tired & un-loved books'

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Compass Books Dartmouth

'Creating art from old, tired & un-loved books'




I have run Compass Books second-hand bookshop for nearly 20 years in Dartmouth, Devon, and have always hated having to throw away 'dead' books - ones that are damaged, or have missing pages, or loose covers. So I rolled my sleeves up and taught myself how to recycle old and unusable books into something that is decorative and functional.

**Special Requests**

All the book art is made to order, so if you have a special request, such as using a specific book, or a different colour or mix of colours, then please feel free to contact me.  Most things are doable!


All off-cut paper created when making my Paperback Pets and Book Art gets shredded and used as packaging material for posting the items. With this in mind, when your package arrives, try and be in somebody else's house when you open it, as it can go everywhere and shredded paper is like glitter for turning up in strange places for days to come!