- As Drew Heinz Book Conservator at the Pierpont
Morgan Library, New York, Deborah cared for a magnificent and varied
collection of Coptic manuscripts and bindings, medieval illuminated manuscripts,
early printed books, music manuscripts, autograph manuscripts and documents,
and children’s books. She combined this work with fine binding,
designing, teaching, lecturing, and consulting for major institutions
and prominent private collectors. The latter included binding copies
of President Kennedy’s note book for Jackie Kennedy Onassis to
give to her children, and currently the rebinding of the 9th Century
De re culinaria manuscript of Marcus Apicius for the New York Academy
- Prior to this, and while training and then teaching in the British art school system, she found time to exhibit fine bindings, which lead to her becoming a fellow of Designer Bookbinders. Moving to America, she equipped and ran a teaching studio in New York and worked for a book conservator part-time, before starting work at the Morgan.
- Her delight in brilliant leather colours is seen in her fine bindings, where juxtaposed inlays tell a story, or sombre leather backgrounds offset bright onlays. She is best known for her gold-tooled typographic designs of letters in different fonts and size, such as her bindings of Eric GillÕs Four
Gospels and James JoyceÕs Ulysess.
- Deborah is now in private practice, and enjoys
working for a wide range of clients and institutions. Her work includes
fine bindings, pre-publication cover designs for publishers and the conservation
of old and rare books.