Peter D. Verheyen, Philobiblon
Dewitt, New York
Nane Couzier, Noirs, Bleus, Sables, 2001
Textblock sewn on five leather/vellum slips in black, blue, and brown; graphite top edge; sewn silk endbands; case covered in full blue dyed goat vellum; leather/vellum slips laced through at joint; multicolored spine label with title in graphite foil. Leather onlays on case derived from typography of text. 40 x 25 x 2.5 centimeters. Created 2005.
Began his involvement in the book arts while a work-study student in the conservation lab at the Johns Hopkins University Library. Interned in the conservation lab of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany, 1984 and 1986. Formal apprenticeship in hand bookbinding at the Kunstbuchbinderei Klein in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, passing examinations in 1987. Studied at the Professional School for Book Restoration at the Centro del bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland in 1987. Mellon intern in book conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 1988. Worked in Chicago with Heinke Pensky-Adam at Monastery Hill Bindery and as assistant conservator to William Minter. In 1991 he began work as assistant conservator at the Yale University Library. In 1993 he became rare book conservator at the Cornell University Library, before establishing the rare book conservation lab at the Syracuse University Library. He is current Exhibitions and past Publicity Chair for the Guild of Book Workers. His bindings have been exhibited widely with the Guild, its regional chapters, and in invitational and solo exhibitions throughout the USA and abroad. In 1994 he founded Book_Arts-L, shortly thereafter the Book Arts Web, and most recently the Bonefolder: an e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist. Website at www.philobiblon.com.