This cloth bible needed a new spine but was in good shape otherwise. I reconstructed a spine and adhered the original spine over the new cloth to preserve as much of the original book as possible. I also put on new headbands.
While this book is not very old, the original case was made too small for the text block causing it to split at the joints prematurely. The client asked that the new cover be closely matched with the original but in green rather than red cloth. After having a die made to match the cover… Continue reading A New Case for a Liturgical Book
This book needed to be pulled, guarded, and resewn. It also needed cosmetic touch-ups on the covers, new corners and endsheets, and a new spine. I guarded every signature and resewed the book on linen tapes. Here is a corner reconstituted with paste, Japanese paper, and watercolors.
This book came to me with the cover boards intact, the edges badly frayed, and the joints worn and weak. There were loose pages and the entire text block–formerly oversewn and signature-sewn–was detached from the covers. After guarding the loose pages with strips of tissue, I longstitched the signatures together and rebuilt the text block. I… Continue reading Guarding and Sewing the Signatures of an Old Children’s Book
This book was originally quarterbound with a printed paper cover and teal cloth. Although the paper is brittle, the client and I wanted to preserve it for its content and appearance. Since the paper does not extend into the joints, it would not further deteriorate from use. I stripped the original glue and mull off… Continue reading Spine Replacement on Cloth Quarterbinding