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Introduction Historical Backgrounds

Historical Backgrounds


The ”World Biennials of Art Bookbinding” was created in 1991 by Gaston Dall’Ara, sponsored by the European Parliament of Strasburg and the French Ministry of Culture. Little by little this event grew in size, from 68 to 633 participants, having a register of more than 4,500 names all over the world.


Since 2005 it is organised in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse, (30km SW Paris) by a team of volunteers under the presidency of Anne Perissaguet, and patronized by the late Raymond Devos and Mrs Valéry Pécresse, Member of the Parliament.

  • 1990 - 1st European contest : "Arenas Ritual" of the Bonnat Museum.
  • 1991 - 1st European Biennial : "Europeans Poetries" of the 12 members countries.
  • 1993 - 2nd European Biennial : "The Labourd" of H. Lamant-Duhart.
  • 1995 - 3rd European Biennial : "Ravel the Basque" of G. Pialloux.
  • 1997 - 4th European Biennial : "Saint-Jean-de-Luz / Ciboure, a Corsair City" by G. Pialloux.
  • 1999 - 5th World Biennial : "Cyrano of Bergerac" by Edmond Rostand.
  • 2001 - 6th World Biennial : "Fisherman in Iceland" by Pierre Loti.
  • 2003 - 7th World Biennial : "The Atlantide" by Pierre Benoît.
  • 2005 - 8th World Biennial : "Around The World in 80 days" by Jules Verne
  • 2007 - 9th World Biennial : “Tales of Mother Goose" by Charles Perrault
  • 2009 - 10th World Biennial : “The Marriage of Figaro” by Beaumarchais.
  • 2011 - 11th World Biennial : the Fables of La Fontaine
  • 2013 - 12th World Biennial : "L'Aiguille creuse" by Maurice Leblanc
  • 2015 - 13th World Biennial : "Friday and Robinson" by Michel Tournier