In cooperation with the Bulgarian institute SCAS and several other European partners (Alinari from Italy, the Karl-Franzens-Universität from Austria, the European Research Centre for Book and Paper Conservation-Restoration in Austria and the Central Library of Bulgarian Academy of Sciences) a grant is given to realise  a project (BBinding)  which develops course material for the vocational training in the field of preservation of books and paper, photos and archives; this all in the framework of the LLP Project (LeonardoDaVinci-Transfer Of Innovation).

Cor Knops

Trained as an art teacher and via wanderings in education, art and art management eventually landed in the trade of restoration. Since 22 years Cor leads his business Knops Boekrestauratie.

Almost the whole spectrum of (western) book history passed through his hands: from middle age manuscripts, countless incunabula, the sketchbooks of Vincent van Gogh upto extensive projects like the library Ets Haim (Unesco world heritage) and the collection of 19th century bindings of the Maritiem Museum Rotterdam. Private clients and collectors also find their way to Knops Boekrestauratie

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Personal data

Name                                                            Knops

Surnames                                                      Cornelius Jozeph Maria

Date + place of Birth                                     2 januari 1956,  Geleen, Netherlands

Marital status                                                married

Nationality                                                    Dutch

Gender                                                           man




Primary education                                         1962-1968 Geleen

HAVO                                                            1968-1974 Geleen

Handvaardigheid MO-a                                 1974-1978 Maastricht

Handvaardigheid MO-b                                 1978-1980 Maastricht

Informatica MEAO                                          1983-1984 Sittard

all courses completed with diploma



Working experience

Stichting Katholieke Levenscholen Venlo e.c.

from 19-1-81 until 1-6-82

Function : art teacher, group leader


Kreatief Centrum Limburg West

from 1-8-83 until 15-8-84 as volunteer

from 15-8-84 until 15-8-85 as payed employee

Function : teacher supportfunction social cultural work


Schrijen Boekbinders

from  1987 until 1990

Function restorer of books and head of bindery


Knops Boekrestauratie

from 1990 until present day


Restoration of books and paper


Finish Web&Design

from 1996 until present day


Designing and realizing of websites and similar products

Some of my clients (in no particular order)





University Library of Nijmegen

6 years

17th-18th books

Dr. R.P.L. Arpots

Municipal Archive of


5 years

Burgemeestersrekeningen (Mayor Accounts) 17th century parchment bound records

Mrs. J. Kemp

University Library of


21 years (still)

Oldest university collection called ‘Van Buchell’, valuable books from the ‘vault collection’, Thomaasse Collection

Mrs. Drs. L. Kuiper-Brussen

Drs. Hans Mulder

University Library of


11 years

Old and rare books (15th to 18th century leather bound)

Mrs. Drs. G. Huisman

Rijkmuseum Vincent van Gogh

2 years

Sketchbooks of Vincent van Gogh, 2 scrapbooks of Vincent van Gogh

Drs. S van Heugten

Rijksmuseum Twenthe Enschede

1 year

Complete Manuscripts collection 12th to 15th  century handwritten illuminated vellum books

Drs. Z. Kolks

Municipal Archive of Sittard

20  years


Various projects including damage assessment

Drs. P. Boselie

Private Library of  Prof. Ton Koopman

19 years


Biggest private collection (before 1850) on historical books and prints about music; carefully selected and maintained by one of the greatest musicians ever

Prof. Dr. Ton Koopman

Bibliotheca Thysiana Leiden

5 years

Historical private library (17th century) in fully restored original location,  once belonged to the prematurely deceased Johan Thysius

Prof. Dr. P.J.F. Obbema

University Library of


5 years

Collection Meijer, historical collection of juridical books

Dr. R. Breughelmans





18 years


19th century books on maritime history

Drs. R. Brand

City Library of


1 year

Conservationproject Ver Huell (including preselection of microformatted material)

Dr. H.V. Van Bemmel

Library Ets Haim / Portuguese Synagoge Amsterdam

5 years


Old and rare mostly Hebrew books (16th to 19th century)

Drs. A.W. Rosenberg

Private collection of  Mr. Paul v.d. Weijer

8 years


Extremely valuable and rare printed items, all achieved by his ancestors and now collected by Paul v.d. Weijer

Mr. P. v.d. Weijer

Numerous private clients

21 years


Many, many, very many books, from all ages, in all sort of condition and from all corners of the world

Please contact me….


 Please feel free to contact me about anything from the above. I would be happy to provide you with any information on the status of any client contact, as well as any information about the specifics of the restorations I did for my clients. Otherwise please consider this information as confidential.

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