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Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz sold at auction in Cracow for 12,000 euros

Our Pan Tadeusz by Adam Mickiewicz, printed on hand-made paper, was sold on the 2nd of October at auction in Cracow for 12,000 euros. The book was uniquely leather handbound, using an inlay technique.

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Adam Mickiewicz, Pan Tadeusz, unique hand bound leather cover with inlays


Collector’s Book Gallery Stage II: the Design

The Design of the Collector’s Book Gallery

We are now presenting the design of the Collector’s Book Gallery. Next time you will see realisation of our plan. We’ll see where it goes.

Collector's Book Gallery Marszalkowska 62 Warsaw


Will it in fact be the first Collector’s Book Gallery in the world? Will it be different than antiquarian bookshops which operate in most countries?


In our Gallery we offer books which are new, were issued on artistic papers and leather hand-bound by artists. All the copies are limited editions, numbered and never republished i.e. collector’s editions. Characteristic of our books is typographic craftsmanship as well as illustrations made with creative art techniques, including various graphic techniques.

Some antiquarian bookshops also offer leather-bound books. However, these are usually antiquarian copies issued many years ago. It happens that these books are fungous, which is dangerous for other books as well as for our health. In our Gallery books are new, microbiologically clean and safe for our health.

Our clients consider our books as an alternative capital investment. At the same time they are a tasteful element of interior design, which creates an inimitable atmosphere. Also, our clients purchase books by Kurtiak & Ley as exquisite presents for others as well as for themselves, because they know they are worth it.

We would be grateful for a word of appreciation, because Collector’s Book Gallery is a great challenge for us.

Urszula Kurtiak and Edward Ley

Collector’s Book Gallery – Stage I

With great excitement we are preparing to open our first in the world Collector’s Book Gallery at 62 Marszalkowska St. in Warsaw!

The pictures show the condition of the venue we have chosen before our vision of what it can turn into came to life.

Soon we are going to show you the design, only to compare it with the reality at the end.

Big opening in September 2018!

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Frankfurt Book Fair 2014 / Die Frankfurter Buchmesse 2014

The biggest and the most imortant book fair in the world.

Extraordinary artists` books and fine hand-bookbinding.
See on The Polish Pavilion, Hall no. 5.0, Stall no. B.93 at Frankfurt Book Fair 2014.
8 – 12 October 2014.
Kurtiak & Ley Artistic Publishing House & Bindery.

Shakespeare As you like it.  Artist book fine hand bookbinding

Shakespeare As you like it. Artist book fine hand bookbinding

Heinrich Heine, Sonnets – Sonette. Exclusive artistic book – unique leather binding.

“Writers’ Town” – The artistic event in Szczecin

On 27–29 June we took part in the outdoor book fair in Szczecin. The purpose of this event was presenting offer of the books for readers from Szczecin and for tourists. Over 40 publishing houses exhibited their products during the fair.


The visit of the Chinese Government’s deputation

On 4 June the delegation of the Chinese Government from the Fujian Province visited our business estate.

Premiere of the book “Kobieta metamuzyczna” (“The Meta-Music Woman”)

On 28 May 2014, during the premiere of the Marcin Cieślar’s book “Kobieta metamuzyczna” (“The Meta-Music Woman”) we presented an artistic edition of this work. 48 books were printed on the special paper and bound by hand. Every binding is of different design.

Warsaw Book Fair 2014

On May 22-25 2014, at the National Stadium in Warsaw, the jubilee 5th edition of the Warsaw Book Fair was held. Over 700 exhibitions from Poland and abroad were visited by more than 60 thousand visitors.

National Conference “Book as the Cultural Asset and the Source of Knowledge”

On 12-14 May 2014, on the occasion of 650th anniversary of Jagiellonian University, in Tarnów was held national conference “Book as the Cultural Asset and the Source of Knowledge”.
Urszula Kurtiak made a speech of the future of the books. Edward Ley spoke on the subject of books’ influence on civilization changes.