The Hellenic Society for Bookbinding (ELEVIV) was founded in 2002 on the initiative of its president, Babis Legas, and its founding members, distinguished figures of letters and the arts. It was established with the aim of furthering research into the art of book production and binding by highlighting the importance of the art of bookbinding, the study of its history and the preservation of related material.
The society has already brought out three important volumes in the periodical edition Vivlioamphiastis (Vivlioamphiastis 1, Athens 1999; Vivlioamphiastis 2, Athens 2004; and Vivlioamphiastis 3, Athens 2008) containing collected studies on the history of the art and technique of bookbinding during the Byzantine, post-Byzantine and modern periods of Greek history.
To date, ELEVIV has organized field missions and research in libraries and collections containing treasures of the art, while it has also made a significant contribution to preserving evidence and tools of bookbinding dating from the last two centuries. From 2002 to 2005, as part of the programme, a series of exhibitions on the history of bookbinding were also held.
See also www.vivliodesia.org