Peter D. Verheyen, Dewitt, New York

The Book of Origins


Text block sewn on three slips of Cave Paper brown walnut dyed paper; endpapers of Cave Paper brown walnut dyed paper; gilt top edge; sewn silk endbands; Bradel case with 1/4 veined calf vellum spine and undyed goatskin sides; slips laced through at joint; decor of codfish leather onlay and blind tooling. 8-3/4 x 5-3/4 x 1 inches. Bound 2005.

Teach Me, Star of Night! / Laer Mig, Nattens Stjerne!, Bird Press, 2000.

book 2

Bradel binding; sewn on 3 tapes, endpapers of Cave Paper "Alphabet", graphite top edge, hand sewn silk endbands, spine covered in snakeskin with boards covered in veiny calf vellum. Title stamped in graphite foil with grey leather onlays reflecting the typography of the poetry. 9-1/2 x 10-3/4 x 1/2 inches. Bound 2004.

Peter D. Verheyen began his involvement in the book arts while a work-study student in the conservation lab at the Johns Hopkins University Library. Interned in the conservation lab of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany, 1984 and 1986. Formal apprenticeship in hand bookbinding at the Kunstbuchbinderei Klein in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, passing examinations in 1987. Studied at the Professional School for Book Restoration at the Centro del bel Libro in Ascona, Switzerland in 1987. Mellon intern in book conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 1988. Worked in Chicago with Heinke Pensky-Adam and William Minter, at Yale, Cornell, and Syracuse university libraries, establishing the rare book conservation lab at the latter. He is the past Exhibitions and Publicity Chair for the Guild of Book Workers. His bindings have been exhibited widely with the Guild, its regional chapters, and in invitational and solo exhibitions throughout the USA and abroad. In 1994 he founded Book_Arts-L, shortly thereafter the Book Arts Web, and most recently The Bonefolder: an e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist. Website at