Fine Bindings of Louise Bescond – Personal Exhibition [Bookish Talk #25]

In December 2021, there was a retrospective exhibition of fine bindings made by a French/Belgian bookbinder Louise Bescond. Stepan Had a chance to visit the exhibition on the opening night and here is our recap of it.


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00:00 – Beginning
00:17 – Personal exhibition of Louise Bescond at “Librairie Metamorphoses” in Paris
01:51 – Les Triptyques – Lettre (Letters) by Joan Mirò, 1974, bound by Louise Bescond, gold tooling by Claude Ribal
02:26 – Involving other professionals in order to do the binding perfectly
04:39 – Are these books only displayed, or can you actually buy them?
05:46 – How the exhibition is organized – the installation out of book’s boxes
07:13 – Côte sauvage by Jean-René Huguenin
10:02 – La Vie mode d’emploi, Georges Perec, P.O.L., 1978, bound by Louise Bescond with using foil
12:48 – La carte et le territouire by Michel Houellebec
14:48 – Le Rivage des Syrtes, Julien Gracq, José Corti, 1951, edges gilded on deckle edges by Jean-Luc Bongrain
18:02 – Rêve d’une petite fille qui voulut entrer au carmel, Max Ernst
20:52 – Michel Houellebecq’s Soumission, stamped with my mashrabiya design
22:43 – The soft cover binding on the second French translation of Frankenstein
23:39 – Malevil by Robert Merle
24:32 – L’Équipée malaise by Jean Echeno
26:00 – The Catalog of the exhibition

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