- Born 1924, London, England. Trained at Central
School of Arts & Crafts and apprenticed to The British Museum Bindery.
Craftsman – Demonstrator, Royal College of Art, 1949 – 51.
Manager Zaehnsdorf Ltd. 1951 – 3. Self-employed book restorer and
designer bookbinder since 1953.
- City & Guilds of London Institute Silver
Medal (First Prize) for Forwarding, 1943.
- C & G Chief Examiner in
General Bookbinding, 1957 – 63.
member of The Guild of Contemporary Bookbinders in 1955 and Fellow
of Designer Bookbinders since 1968.
- President of DB, 1973 – 5. Awarded
MBE for services to bookbinding, 1986.
- Publications include A History
of English Craft Bookbinding Technique (1963, 4th ed. 1996) The Restoration
of Leather Bindings (1972,
4th ed. 2004)
and Recollections: a life in bookbinding (2000).
- Has conducted
workshops for the restoration of leather bindings in Belgium, Brazil,
Switzerland, The Netherlands, USA and Venezuela.
- Bernard no longer accepts
commissions for designed bindings, but continues to restore antiquarian
books and make bindings