Deborah Evetts
  • by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Limited Editions Club, 1980
    227 x 180 mm
    Designed 1980

    Grey cloth publishers binding stamped in black and 'silver'.
  • Edited by Kenneth Nebenzahl
    Rand McNally and Company, 1974
    380 x 285 mm
    Bound 1990

    Brown and blue inlaid goatskin with red, yellow and black onlays. Gold tooling.
  • by Piers Brendon
    Professional Books Limited, 1979
    235 x 150mm
    Bound 1989

    Fawn goatskin with green and brown onlays. Gold tooling and stamping.
  • by Herman Melville
    Married Mettle Press, 1987
    235 x 184mm
    Bound 1989

    Five shades of scarf-joined goatskin, onlaid with yellow and gold tooling.
  • 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 of Medicine. 
  • 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 Gill's Four Gospels and James Joyce's 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.