In 2015 a client entrusted us with his Blaue – atlas that was to be restored. It concerned a parchment “thong laced in – binding” with turned fore edges and also, besides the thongs, the cores of the headbands were laced through the binding itself. The cores were broken on their points of pivot but kept some of the original embroidery. Conserving these thogether with lengthening the headband core was our goal.

Because we couldn't find any description of a similar restoration in our library or on the internet we made test models before working on the originals.

Read and have a look at the review in the pdf.

This review was first published in "Bookbinder", the Journal of the Society of Bookbinders Issue 31, 2017. Publication on our website with permission of the SoB. SoB

Translation Ayla Van Eechaute.

Restoration of a headband core

Our goal with “Engramzine” is to create a place for articles about the history of fine bindings, the description of their creation and / or the biography of the binders.

It will also be a place for articles about bibliophiles and their collection (only after there permission).

Engramzine has no fixed publishing date or edittorial office or standard lay-out.
New articles are mentioned to our readers by email, if you are interested to receive Engramzine, please let us know.

All the articles of Engramzine are published in Dutch, some will be translated to English.

What is Engramzine?

A challenge on our working bench!

We restore books from different centuries in our studio, but one dating from the 13th century is a rarity.

The Hs. IV 138, a handwriting on parchment, didn't look disastrous, but the difficulties were to be found in the details which made it one of our more challenging restorations.

The report is only available in Dutch, but we illustrated it with a lot of pictures!

Please look at the pdf.

Restoration of a medieval, 13th century, handwriting on parchment

More than once, the KOHAR Symphony Orchestra & Choir was the subject of conversation during the lessons.

We talked about the upcoming production to celebrate the jubilee of 100 years of Armenian genocide.
A commemorative album and CD would be released for this jubilee.

During our last stay in Beirut we asked Nayiri Daghlian if we could have a copy of the KOHAR Armenian Songbook.
We wanted to design & create a contemporary fine binding for it, to show our gratitude for the hospitality we received every time we were invited to Beirut.
(Oh, well, “Beirut by night" is no stranger to us, and it was all but unpleasant!).

Our request wasn't a problem at all, we received copy 1/1000 to work on.

PDF attached in Dutch/English

Kohar Library

Kohar Armenian Songbook

Renatus De Cock (also named René) was born in Mechelen (B) November 30th 1915 and died in the same city August 15th 1989.

Mechelen was “his" city, there he got married, founded a family, started his bookbindery and ran it for half a century.


Due to the lenght of the article, it is only available in Flemish, but hopefully the pictures give you an idea about Renatus De Cock.

Complete article (only available in Flemish) in PDF

Renatus De Cock, half a century of bookbinding in Mechelen.

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