About Me

My name is Paul Belard. I learned the art of bookbinding in Paris in the late 70’s at the shop of renowned French bookbinder Paule Ameline.

I have been practicing fine bookbinding, repairs and restoration in the USA since 1980.

I am also a book collector whose interests are nice bindings (art deco, art nouveau, inlaid bindings), explorations, American civil war, books with steel engravings, History, fore-edge paintings, books with original works by illustrators.


December 6, 2014 Long Island Newsday


  • Hundreds of individuals interested in book binding, repair & restoration
  • Complete Traveler Book Shop, New York City
  • D. Von Bothmer, Curator of Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Nelson Doubleday, Editor and Owner of the Mets
  • Bob Brier, American Egyptologist & Senior Research Fellow at CW Post
  • CW Post Library, Special Collections
  • R.F. Lewis Museum of African American History, Maryland
  • Pat Conroy, Author (Prince of tides, Beach Music, The Great Santini). See note below.
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Seawanhaka Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, NY
  • Association of Descendants of the Mayflower
  • Book Revue Book Store, Huntington, NY
  • Strathmore Vanderbilt Country Club, Manhasset, NY
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