World Biennials of Art Bookbinding

Art Bookbinding international contest

Art bookbinding international contest has been existing for more than 30 years. It clearly is the oldest international bookbinding contest. This event is a must for professionals and a challenge for binding schools and amateur bookbinders.

The 17th Biennale takes off, don’t miss the departure.

On line registrations for the competition is open: REGISTRATION and you will there all the information on the work, the author and the edition of Night flight of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, as well as the operation of the competition.

We decided to increase the book to bind with 9 B&W illustrations and a color frontispiece. The two illustrators are Denis Fauvel and Brigitte Loviton.

400 numbered copies of the book to bind are ready. Book numbers will be assigned in the order of arrival of orders, unless personal choice of an issue if it is still available (indicate your choice in the note box of the order form).

The return of your bound book for participation in the competition must reach us no later than May 25, 2024 in order to be presented to the Jury in June 2024.

Save the date ! The exhibition of the set of bindings that participate in the competition will take place from 18 to 22 September 2024. Come all to Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse !

All you need to know about the contest

Affiche 17e concours international de reliure d'art - Illustration Romain Hugault - Conception graphique Carole Mizrahi /
Affiche 17e concours international de reliure d'art - Illustration Romain Hugault - Conception graphique Carole Mizrahi /


Journée Mondiale du Bénévolat

Les Biennales fêtent la Journée Mondiale du Bénévolat

Special Xmas offer !!

Offrez un vol de nuit pour Noël ! Participation au concours 2024 et 2 livres à relier !

Le numéro 333 a été attribué !

Le livre à relier Vol de nuit n°333 a été attribué ! Et vous, êtes-vous inscrit au concours ?

Already 22 countries participating !

Already 22 countries are participating to the 2024 competition ! And you ?

16th Art Bookbinding international contest - 2022 edition

Inauguration of the exhibition

September 2022 : Mrs Michèle Douaze, President of the World Biennials of Art bookbinding association, with the Mayor representants of St-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse : Mr Jacques Caous and Mrs Myriam Schwartz, during the inauguration of international Art bookbinding 16th exhibition.

at the Espace Jean Racine, in Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (France)

Cérémonie de remise des prix. Au total, 17 prix ont été remis aux lauréats.

Revoir la cérémonie en images


See 2022 winners

230 bindings presented to the public

On every Bienniale all participating bindings are exposed. In 2022, 230 bindings were exposed from 22nd to 25th of September.

on the theme of The Lion, a novel of Joseph Kessel

In 2022 candidates were proposed to bind LE LION by Joseph Kessel.

Conference Joseph Kessel

Conference by Mr Serge Linkès : « Joseph Kessel and his connection to Africa »

See pictures of the conference

World Biennials of Art Bookbinding - in short

A unique international contest

This cultural artistic contest is a unique one. It is a not-to-be-missed event for professionals , binding schools and amateur bookbinders in the world.

30 years of existence

Culture patronage, the Biennials Art bookbinding are organized since 2005 in St Rémy-lès-Chevreuse,Yvelines county (78) in France. The 17th edition will take place in 2024.

More than 20 participating countries

Participating countries from all continents : Germany, Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, South Korea, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, USA, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Morocco, Mexico, Netherlands, Portugal, United Kingdom, Russia, Sweden, Switzerland …

French literature in the spotlight

Joseph Kessel, Albert Camus, Victor Hugo, Michel Tournier, Maurice Leblanc, Jean de la Fontaine, Charles Perrault, Beaumarchais, Jules Verne, …

Exceptional savoir-faire

Traditional, full skin leather, inlays, Bradel, Italian binding, Japanese binding, object book….

600 numbered prints

Each book is unique and has a typographical printing of high quality on 160 g Velin d’Arches 100% chiffon, work carried out by Cheyne printing-works which is awarded a Living Heritage Company label.

Our favorite bookbinding material suppliers

APG Reliure
Didier Lieutard
Harmatan and Oakridge leathers
Maison Alivon
Atelier Bonanni
Marie-Anne Hamaide
Katelyn Perry
À chacun son livre
Marianne Peter
Fanny Schaeffer
Sofic cuir
Atelier Folio


+33 (0)6 36 17 48 29

Next exhibition : 22 > 24 september 2022

2 rue Victor Hugo 78470 Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse (France)