Archive for July, 2016

International miniature book binding competition announced

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

The Dutch Handbookbinding Foundation is organizing an International Miniature Bookbinding Competition in 2016/2017. The event is being organized in co-operation with the Meermanno Museum (the oldest book museum in the world) in The Hague and Private Press De Buitenkant in Amsterdam. The competition will culminate in an exhibition at the Meermanno Museum in autumn of 2017.

Bookbinders worldwide are invited to enter. Dutch writer Geert Mak will write a text (in English) for the book. Well-known graphic designer Max Kisman will do illustrations. The sheets will be printed by De Buitenkant’s printers, after which the binders can get to work to create their binding.

The jury will be made up of a panel of bookbinding experts and book designers who will be looking for a high standard of craftsmanship together with original and innovative design. The jury will award three prizes for the most beautiful and well-crafted books: €1000, €750 and €500 will be awarded to the first, second, and third prize-winners.

All prize-winning books will become the property of the Meermanno Museum and will be part of a new collection of miniature books, to be constituted as a result of this competition. Non-winners may choose to donate their entry to the Meermanno Museum (receiving a signed certificate of donation) or to have their entry returned to them after the exhibition.

You are invited to participate. More information is available at website

For questions and/or additional information you can contact Lidy Schoonens at or Tine Krijnen at

–Bob McCamant

Roderick Stinehour passes on July 2

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016

A message from the Society of Printers in Boston bears the sad news of the death of Roderick Stinehour (born March 21, 1925) on Saturday. The book arts community will remember him as the mentor of dozens of us and the driving force behind the production of many, many beautiful books over the years at his legendary Stinehour Press. A biography of his life and work, Printing as a Way of Life, by Elton Wayland Hall, was reviewed in P31.

–Bob McCamant