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Handboekbinderij Jan den Biesen is a versatile workshop, where long experience, since 1981, coupled with a certain enthusiasm and love for the illustrated heritage, has led to a wide range of possibilities. They range from the binding of magazines, photo albums, books of remembrance, to the restoration of heavily damaged books and manuscripts.
The quality of the work is one of our priorities. Personal consultation with the client, in which his wishes and our possibilities are formed into a harmonious whole, making every book or paper that leaves my studio, into something unique and personal, with its own character.
Info & contact:
Telephone: (NL) 06-264 098 06 (B) 0498 77 08 30
Saint Benedict writes his Holy Rule for Monks 11th century
Monk-architect Hans van der Laan † 1991:
“Among the objects with which we surround us in everyday life, the book takes a very special place. It is the most venerable product of our own skillful mind. Are most of the objects we need born of a physical need, the book answers primarily to an appeal of the mind. “
From the Book of Ecclesiastes about writing books (12.9 to 14):
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, all is vanity.
And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.
The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened bythe masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
The image in the top of the page is taken from a 15th. century Gradual from Münsterland in Germany. It was restored in our atelier. The Introitus, “Puer natus est nobis”, you can listen here.