November, 27.

Open from 10am unthil 5pm.

Demonstration of cut leatherwork on books.

Everybody welkom, free entrance

Day of the Arts & Crafts 2016

Every two years, Michel Wittock, bibliophile and founder of the Bibliotheca Wittockiana in Brussels, invites 20 Belgian bookbinders or binders who studied bookbinding in Belgium, to present their fine bindings which they created during the passed two years.

Therefore he opens his prestigious library, located between the Stoclet palace and the Park of Woluwe, on Sunday October 2th between 10 am and 1 pm.

We were also invited and will present fine bindings on the works of Michel Butor, Jason J. Blickstein, Kipling, Eric Vandenwyngaerden, Niels Jacob Van Heerne and / or the illustrations of Michel Roncerel, Jean - Claude Loubieres, Albert Droesbeke, Kees Van Dongen, Daniëlle Vandenwyngaerden and W.F. Dupont.

éphémère 2016


A selection of poems on the theme of water.

Incline Press for Designer Bookbinders, Oldham, 2008.

Oplage 500 exemplaren.

€1.000,00/Artbinding & clamshell box.

Bound by Jan Camps:

Full Leather binding in hand-stained calf.

Meeting-guards in blue and white.

The airbrushed leather is partly depolished.

On the two boards an inlay of the same calf with blind tooling.

The inlay is partly depolished and varnished.

Title and corners of the inlay tooled in foil.

Green calf doublures and green suede flyleaves.

Bound by Julia Van Mechelen:

Non-Adhesive binding sewn on 4 thongs of Karung watersnake skin.

Blue and white meeting-guards partly visible on the spine between 2 thongs.

Dark grey calfskin spine.

Boards covered with blue Karung watersnak skin.

Verticale decoration on boards of pieces of calf coloured in blue tones.

The same decoration in miniature is holding the thongs on the boards.

Dark Grey calfskin doublures.

White foil titling.

Water in the picture

Oeuvres libres.

Trilogie érotique et filles.

Paul Verlaine.

Lithographies originales de Jacques Pecnard.

Exemplaire 226/285.

Paris, 1973.


Lord Kidrostock, Stays and gloves.

Figure-training and Deportment by Means of the Discipline of Tight Corsets, Narrow High-Heeled Boots, Clinging Kid Gloves, Combinations, etc., etc.

Ten Magnificent Full-Page Copperplate Engravings by DEL GIGLIO.

London and Paris MCMIX.

Limited issue. Three hundred and thirty copies only have been struck off, for private circulation.


2 – Eros.

Pieter Boddaert Junior.

Illustratie van Daniëlle Vandenwyngaerden, kopergravure I/X + proefdruk.

Gedrukt op 160 exemplaren, 10 exemplaren I/X, EA + 1/150

Dit is I/X EA.


Musée secret.

Théophile Gautier, introduction Jean Servien.

10 volbladgravures door MYA, pseudoniem voor Henri Le Riche.

Exemplaire 429/1002.

Paris 1932.


Zittende naakte man.

Houtskool op velinpapier.




Bindings are on display after 2 PM

Nude and Sensuality in our window in august

A little bit Vincent van Gogh in Diest.

Each month we put another book/binding in the picture (for sale) in the window of our studio.

In July it is “Les Avantures de Télémaque, fils d'Ulysse par Fr. De Salignac de la Mothe Féneleon".

This book dated 1761, contains, beside the frontispice and the portrait of Fénelon, 24 full page etchings, each page is framed by an etching and there are 21 culs – de – lampe.

The back and corners are covered with cowleather, the boards with silk.

Just aside the silk, the leather has a blind tooled decorated roll fillet.

The back and the 4 ribbons are gilded “Style Cathédrale", marbled edges.

At the bottom of the back of the book “Carbentus à La Haye" is gilded.

Willem Carbentus (1792 – 1845), was the younger brother of the artist painter Hermanus Carbentus (1788 – 1854), and was bookbinder for King Willem I and for Baron van Westreenen van Thielandt.

Willem Carbentus married Anna Cornelia van der Gaag (1792 – 1855) on October 4th 1815. Their daughter Anna (1819 – 1907) married Theodorus van Gogh.

Their first born was Vincent Willem Van Gogh (30 maart 1853 – 29 juli 1890) the famous art painter.

The department “Kostbare Werken" of the “Koninklijke Bibliotheek" in The Hague preserve several fine bindings executed by Willem Carbentus.

A little bit Vincent van Gogh in Diest.

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