DepositThe Collins: W. Collin, Court Bookbinders & Ernst Collin, the Author of the Pressbengel

The Berlin-based firm of W. Collin led by Wilhelm and Georg Collin and the antiquarian, author, and editor Ernst Collin were among the leaders in German bookbinding trade and writings about the trade from the mid-1800’s into the mid-1930’s. During that same time, bookbinding experienced many transformations, as well, moving from a trade practiced in smaller master-run shops to large industrial firms, including changes in materials, book structure, aesthetics, and overall business climate with concerns about quality and business opportunities. As court bookbinders to Prussian Kings and German Emperors, the firm of W. Collin was privileged with access to commissions based on royal patronage, connections no doubt instrumental in gaining customers from the private sector, and providing the opportunity to help set aesthetic trends and influence the direction of the trade. Born into this milieu, Ernst Collin wrote about the many changes to the bookbinding trade, the arts, economics, and politics, deftly melding these themes together. This bibliography makes no claims to be comprehensive, in particular because it was largely compiled with available online collections. Instead, it is to be viewed as a beginning, and a window into the Collins, in particular Ernst Collin’s views on bookbinding and other topics. On a personal level I hope that it helps to restore the memory and contributions of this significant family of Berlin bookbinders and (re)introduces the writings of Ernst Collin, the most important source of information about the family. More information about this research project can be found on the Pressbengel Project blog under Colliniana.

MemberPeter Verheyen

…His most active research interests include the study of bookbinding techniques, in particular the German style about which he has most published in various journals. He is the translator into English of Ernst Collin’s Der Pressbengel, with a 2nd edition (fine press and print-on-demand) out starting in 2016. That text can also be downloaded to print and bind in any setting.

He is also the author of a history and bibliography of …

Peter D. Verheyen is a Librarian at Syracuse University Libraries. He was formerly Head of Preservation and Conservation and began his involvement in conservation and the book arts while a work-study student in the conservation lab at the Johns Hopkins University Library. After interning in the conservation lab of the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg, Germany he completed a formal apprenticeship in hand bookbinding at the Kunstbuchbinderei Klein in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, passing examinations in 1987. Further conservation studies were held at the Professional School for Book Restoration of the Centro del bel libro Ascona in Switzerland in 1987. He was Mellon intern in book conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 1988. In Chicago he worked as assistant conservator at Monastery Hill Bindery and to William Minter. In 1991 he began work as assistant conservator at the Yale University Library. In 1993 he became rare book conservator at the Cornell University Library, before establishing the conservation lab at the Syracuse University Libraries where he also led several digitization projects. He is past exhibitions and publicity chair for the Guild of Book Workers. His bindings have been exhibited widely with the Guild, and in invitational and solo exhibitions throughout the USA and abroad. In 1994 he founded Book_Arts-L and the Book Arts Web, also publishing The Bonefolder: e-journal for the bookbinder and book artist. He was awarded the Guild’s Laura Young Award for service to the organization in 2009, and their Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016. For a complete record of his professional activities please view his Curriculum Vitae online.

MemberAlberto Campagnolo

…D with full AHRC scholarship [grant n. AH/I018387/1; BGP ref. AH/G015090/1]
Thesis title:             Transforming structured descriptions to visual representations. An automated visualization of historical bookbinding structures
Supervisors: Dr Athanasios Velios, Professor Nicholas Pickwoad
Examined by: Professor Melissa M. Terras (UCL), Jocelyn Cuming (UAL)
2007–2009    King’s College London – Department of Di…
…afici nelle strategie dei fondi europei. Atti del Convegno. Siracusa, ISISC, 3-4 dicembre 2015, Palermo, Assessorato dei Beni Culturali e dell’Identità siciliana; Dipartimento B.C. e I.S.
Campagnolo, A. (2017) Bookbinding Information on the Web: Breaking the Circle, from Pixels to Linked Open Data. International Information & Library Review. 49 (1), 37–50.
Pal, K., Avery, N., Boston, P., Campagnolo, A., De Stefani…

Alberto Campagnolo trained as a book conservator (in Spoleto, Italy) and has worked in that capacity in various institutions, e.g. London Metropolitan Archives, St. Catherine’s Monastery (Egypt), and the Vatican Library. He studied Conservation of Library Materials at Ca’ Foscari University Venice, and holds an MA in Digital Culture and Technology from King’s College London. He pursued a PhD on an automated visualization of historical bookbinding structures at the Ligatus Research Centre (University of the Arts, London). He was a CLIR Postdoctoral Fellow (2016-2018) in Data Curation for Medieval Studies at the Library of Congress (Washington, DC). Alberto, in collaboration with Dot Porter (SIMS, UPenn Libraries, Philadelphia, PA), has been involved from the onset in the development of VisColl, a model and tool for the recording and visualization of the gathering structure of books in codex format. Alberto has served on the Digital Medievalist board since 2014, first as Deputy Director, and as Director since 2015, and has been in the Editorial Board of the Journal of Paper Conservation since 2016.

MemberMiriam Schaer

…. Arlene Raven, New York, NY

Center for Book Arts, New York, NY

Artist Survival Skills with artist and development specialist Jackie Battenfield, New York, NY

Lower East Side Printshop, New York, NY

Advanced Bookbinding Studies with master binder and conservator Jeffrey Peachey, New York, NY

Advanced Bookbinding Studies with master binder Timothy Ely, New York, NY

Conservation Internship with Mindell Dubansky, Preserva…

Miriam Schaer is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist who uses artist books, garments, photography, installation and college to explore feminine, social and spiritual issues. She is represented in numerous collections, including the Alan Chasanoff Book Arts Collection at the Yale Museum, the Arts of the Book Collection at Yale’s Sterling Library, the Mata & Arthur Jaffe Collection: Book as Aesthetic Object at Florida Atlantic University, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Harvard University, and the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History & Culture at Duke University. Miriam Schaer is an interdisciplinary artist who’s work includes artist books, photography, installation as well textiles, felt and embroidery, in relationship to artist books. Her projects, Crafting Women’s Stories: Lives in Georgian Felt and Craft Power: Enhancing Women’s Rights Through Traditional Practices in the Republic of Georgia, with colleagues Clifton Meador and Melissa Potter, earned Soros Foundation funding were realized in the Republic of Georgia in 2013. Her work has earned a NYFA Artists Fellowship, inclusion in the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for the Feminist Art Base at the Brooklyn Museum, representation at the Cheongju International Craft Biennale in South Korea and was an artist in residence for the Imagining the Book Biennale at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria, Egypt. She was a Fulbright Fellow in the Republic of Georgia in March 2017. Her series, Baby (Not) On Board: The Last Prejudice?, about societal prejudice against women without children, was included in MAMA-Motherhood Around the Globe at the International Museum of Women, and featured on and the Huffington Post. Schaer’s artist book,The Presence of Their Absence, incorporates her photographs, research and writing on the topic of childlessness. Her interactive project What’s Your Baby?  re-frames the question of why some people don’t have children to honor and respect everyone’s choices. Miriam Schaer is a an independent artist and educator. Formerly a Senior Lecturer in the Art+Art History Department at Columbia College Chicago, she also taught Art of the Book at the Pratt Institute, and served as a visiting artist at numerous institutions, including Sarah Lawrence College, Marshall University, and Colorado College. She is represented by the Central Booking Art Space and Vamp and Tramp Booksellers

MemberMatthew Davis

…of the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS). Forthcoming in SHARP News.
Review of Helen Chadwick: Constructing Identities Between Art and Architecture. Forthcoming in SHARP News.
Review of English Bookbinding Styles: 1450-1800. The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 110:2 (June 2016).
Review of The Manuscript Collation Project. SHARP News 24:2 (2015).
Review of the Electronic Linguistic Atlas o…

Matthew Evan Davis is currently an instructor at Blinn College. Prior to this, he served as a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Lewis and Ruth Sherman Centre for Digital Scholarship at McMaster University, a Lindsey Young Visiting Faculty Fellow at the University of Tennessee’s Marco Institute, and as the Council for Library and Information Resources/Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Data Curation for Medieval Studies at North Carolina State University. While at North Carolina State he worked as part of the team on two similar projects — the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive and the Siege of Jerusalem Electronic Archive, as well the Manuscript DNA project and the Medieval Electronic Scholarly Alliance, an aggregator and discussion space for digital scholarly and cultural heritage work regarding the Middle Ages. Davis works on the staging practices of medieval drama, cultural transmission through translation and reception, the history of the book, and material and digital curation as a means of preserving both the material object and the connections between the object, the content contained by that object, and its cultural milieu. His current digital project is the Minor Works of John Lydgate virtual archive, which is attempting to make the manuscripts and other media containing the works of Lydgate that exist in less than twenty witnesses more accessible to scholars of the poet, students who may have only read them in print editions, and individuals interested in manuscripts as artifacts in their own right. It also serves to bridge a gap between the digital world, where anything that cannot be concretely categorized is often left by the wayside, and the physical object with its own rich set of significations. His CV may be seen both on this site and here, and he may be contacted via email at

MemberElizabeth Hale

I work at the University of New England in the high country of New South Wales.  I teach and research in children’s literature and classical reception studies.  I lead the Australasian wing of the ERC-funded Our Mythical Childhood project (Grant agreement No 681202) which traces the reception of classical antiquity in children’s and young adults’ culture.  I am writing a Guide to the field of recent children’s literature inspired by classical antiquity.