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the sewing of the quires with a "cousoir"

One of the many steps in bookbinding: the sewing of the quires with a "cousoir"

The people who live among the books and especially those who, for their professional activity, take the books and handle them, leave them open and take them back, know that the bookbinder preserves the book. In my library, the series of Greek texts goes to pieces, the pages retained by rubber bands. Only those who had been binded, resisting all my hard work, remain proud. Anyone who loves books likes to see them so well dressed, as if they were ready to enter the long term.

Jacquelines Romilly of the Académie française in Le geste et la parole des métiers d'art by Renaud Dutreil and Erik Orsenna, 2004


Come and learn the techniques of contemporary traditional bookbinding. You will make bindings (full and half cloth, full paper, half leather, full leather, etc.) and slipcases (Bradel style, with attached flats), as well as boxes, folders and cases.


Weekly workshop led by Emmanuel on Tuesdays from 6 to 8 pm and by Sara on Thursdays from 6 to 8 pm. It is for beginners as well as for people who want to improve their skills. In order to work in the best conditions, this class can only welcome 4 people.

Prices :

  1. for the year, 1500 € for 39 lessons of 2 hours (possibility of payment in 3 instalments by cheque)
  2. for a quarter, 550 € for 13 classes of 2 hours

The course can be integrated at any time during the year. Supplies included except for skins and marbled paper. This course will require the purchase of small materials for an amount of approximately 100€.


To register or for any additional request, contact us via our form or at (+33)681121053.

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Member of the Syndicat de la Librairie Ancienne et ModerneMember of the International League of Antiquarian Bookseller

5 rue du Cambodge 75020 PARIS (FRANCE)
(+33)6 72 05 01 03 or by email
Monday to Saturday from 2.00pm to 7.30pm

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