Catherine Stanescu

New York, New York

Eleanor Wolff, Spaces, 1972

Bound in full dark green goat skin; sewn on five single raised cords; marbled endpapers; top edge gilt, green and purple multitier handsewn silk endband; title and design tooled in gold. 23 x 16 x 1.5 centimeters. Created n.d. Lent by Hope Weil Levene.


Catherine Stanescu was born in Romania, first a teacher of literature with a degree from the University of Bucharest. Following her emigration to Geneva, Switzerland, she studied bookbinding with Alice Huguenin and Giocomini Picard from 1941 to 1946. In 1946, she and her husband emigrated to the United States. She taught bookbinding at the Craft Students League there from 195156, commuting once a week from her home in Virginia until 1956, when she opened her own studio in New York City. Following the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, she returned to her native Romania.