Well, not exactly easy.
This book had been torn apart as garbage, but the owner rescued it and wanted it to look just as it had. Some paper repair was required…
I wasn’t sure that I’d be able to get it back into the original cover, which was intact. Paper repairs and resewing add bulk that can make the repaired textblock thicker than it was originally. But it worked, and the book looks almost exactly as it did before the damage. You can see a tiny bit of linen reinforcement peeking through the original cloth. I could have tinted it to match the rest of the cloth, but as is, it blends and almost disappears into the scuffed areas, so I left it.
As for that torn page…
This amazing book arrived in the mail, and was my first official Bay Area Book Repair job. It’s a family heirloom, given as a gift to the client’s grandfather, and stamped with his name on the cover. Structurally sound, it was badly scuffed, with bumped corners, and some unfortunate blue paint splatters.
I was able to pick off the biggest blobs of paint with minimal damage. I repaired the corners and re-tinted the scuffed areas of leather, restoring its uniformly mottled appearance.
I am sad to announce that I will be “retiring” from working on books as of this week. I have been in graduate school for two years to study something totally different–divinity school with the aim of working as a chaplain upon graduation–and now is the time for me to more fully transition into my next adventure.
I am happy to be leaving the business to Sarah Songer, a wonderful bookbinder based in San Francisco. She will introduce herself in coming posts.
I cannot fully express how grateful I am to all my clients for the fascinating books you’ve brought into my life, for your stories and love for books. It’s meant the world to me.
Books drying out, each for its own reason.