Harold Tribolet

Larkspur, Colorado

Paul Valéry, Poësie, 1928

Bound in full beige goat skin; sewn on five double raised cords; top edge gilt; black and gold handsewn silk endband; title and design in gold and blind tooling. 26 x 20 x 3.5 centimeters. Created 1949. Lent by Hope Weil Levene.


Born in 1911, Harold Tribolet apprenticed himself at age sixteen to Alfred de Sauty in the Department of Extra Binding at the Lakeside Press in Chicago, assuming the position of manager when de Sauty retired to England in 1935. His work has encompassed both restoration and fine binding. As was often the case at the Lakeside Press, PoŽsie was the result of teamwork, having been sewn by E. Dvorak, forwarded by E.R. Lhotka, finished by J.J. Kotil, and designed and produced under the direction of Harold Tribolet. Harold Tribolet was a member of the Guild for over 30 years and retired to Larkspur, CO to devote his time to woodworking.