The craft of bookbinding developed with the advent of printing in the 15th century when William Caxton and Guttenburg set up the first printing presses in Britain and Europe.

Although mechanisation has changed the way most books are bound today, bookbinding using traditional techniques has changed very little throughout history.

The traditional craft still survives today in a few specialist workshops scattered throughout the world. One such workshop can be found in the unique, historic village of Berrima, New South Wales.

At The Art of Bookbinding, Hugo and Henni van Willigen share a meticulous eye for detail and a love of books. They both devote their days to preserving books by applying the traditional bookbinding methods master craftsman Hugo learned at the Cistercian Monastery Sion in Diepenveen, the Netherlands, the country of his birth.

As well as specializing in restoration, repair and special commissions, The Art of Bookbinding also offers hand made stationery products, hand bound journals, books and boxes.

Visit our highly specialized shop and be delighted.


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