The Start of Practical Work

Lizzie’s given me a project from the Wellcome collection – I’m not sure whether I can use the photos, so they may be taken off. It’s a 17th century full leather bound 8vo with raised bands.
The book came to the studio with the front board detached and only a fragment of the spine still attached and the flyleaves (which are later additions to the binding) are tipped onto the original flyleaves and are hindering the opening of the binding.
I took off the new flyleaves at front and back and guarded them back into a fold. All the spine linings were removed, and a lining of japanese paper was placed onto the spine using WSP. The flyleaves were attached using a flange of japanese paper which extends onto the spine. Both boards (the back board had fallen off too) were reattached with aerocotton, using the split-board technique. An oxford hollow was created on the book with thick hahnemueller paper (1-on 2-off). A compensating piece of thick printmaking paper was placed onto the hollow, the edges were bevelled, and pasted on using EVA). The binding was re-backed using toned (with sellaset dyes) japanese paper; the paper was inserted underneath the leather on the boards. The fragment of the original spine was replaced using EVA and the toned tissue was finished with a layer of SC6000.

Spine Before

Spine Before

Spine After

Spine After

Spine Detail.

Spine Detail.

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