Guest book for the "Pavillon de la France" at Expo 2015 Milan

If you are a fan of books and the art of bookbinding, you cannot miss this splendid example of a guest book made by the Conti Borbone bindery, one of the oldest and most prestigious in Milan. This book was commissioned and made in just 12 hours by the "Pavillon de la France" present at Expo 2015, to celebrate the visit of French President François Hollande. It is a unique and valuable work that testifies to the mastery and creativity of Italian bookbinders.


The signature book was made of full cowhide, with ribbing on the spine and gold printing on the dial. The cover features a geometric decoration. The book consists of 100 sheets of high-quality virgin paper.


The book has been finished with endpapers made of moiré, a silk fabric with a wavy effect, which lends elegance and sophistication to the volume. In addition, the book was complemented by a hand-marbled paper slipcase, which creates irregular and colorful patterns. The case is intended to protect the book from wear and tear and weathering, ensuring its preservation over time.

This signature book represents a work of art and a piece of history, testifying to the bond between France and Italy and the role of Expo 2015 as a worldwide event. If you would like to admire more of Conti Borbone bookbinding's creations, you can visit our website or our store at Via Agnesi, 18, in Milan.

I am Angelo Marchesi, a bookbinder following in the footsteps of my family, who owns the Bookbinding Conti Borbone, founded over a hundred years ago. My passion is to preserve and enhance ancient books, restoring them with care and respect. I also enjoy creating new volumes, personalized and original, using high-quality materials and traditional techniques. Bookbinding, for me, is an art that demands dedication, creativity, and precision.

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