Royal Library in The Hague (The Netherlands) buys the first bookcover made with 3d printing


Text from the website of the Royal Library in The Haque.

Bookbinder Marja Wilgenkamp has bound a book with covers of 3d printing. The Royal Library bought this hyper modern bookcover for her collection and in this way, they have a library scoop with this 3d printed object.

The cover

The design for the cover is made out of stylized bindingtools who are 3d printed in white plastic.

Two of these coverparts, together with the separte spine, make a bookcover that opens perfectly flat.

This special bindingstructure, the Dos Rapporté, is developped by and learned from Benjamin Elbel in 2009.

The idea for bookbinding tools as cover design is by one of the illustrations in the book.

The book is a fascimile edition of “Dirck de Bray’s Kort onderweijs van het boeckenbinden”, published in 2012.

A number of 500 editions was unbound so buyers were able to make their own binding.

Marja Wilgenkamp bound the book in a special and modern way, and doing so she introduced a innovatif material in bookbinding.

Maker of the book is Marja Wilgenkamp, who runs her own bookindery since 1997 in Blokker (city of Hoorn) in the Netherlands.

Before she started bookbinding she was a teacher in textile Arts.

This background has undoubtedly an influence in her choice to use special materials in bookbinding.

The Royal Library has more work from her in their collection like the Sonnet XVIII in a beautiful wooden cover.

In the display

The 3D cover is showed from 4 October until 6 December 2013 in the display near the reading room for the Special Collections. 

The Royal Libray also shows some examples of 20th century bookcovers who are made with materials which were new in that period.

After this you can see the book by asking at the desk of the reading room for the Special Collections with signature KW 1783 B 20.

You can also read the blog about this special cover on the webnsite of the Roayl Library.

The pictures are by photographer Theo de Nooij from the Royal Library.