This project came from a contact of Lizzie’s in London, and belongs to a private client. The clients specially asked for the binding not to be changed very much, as it’s aesthetic quality was of sentimental importance to them. The notebooks form a detailed account of the Pilots flights between 1920 and 1936, recording distances, weather, types of aircraft flown and additional comments.
It is a composite binding, comprising of two single section stapled pamphlets and two cloth backed multi section notebooks. They have all been adhered together to form a larger notebook – with additions happening at different times. There had been a spine piece covering the two pamphlets and one of the notebooks, and then the second notebook adhered after, with strips of cardboard stuck across the head and tail of the spine to keep it all together.
The staples in the two pamphlets were rusting, and causing damage to the surrounding paper. The strips across the spine were damaged, with tears and losses. The front cover was scuffed around the edges, and the body of the back notebook was barely attached to its front board, and became fully detached after gentle handling.
The thick paper covering the spine was removed from between the two notebooks, giving access to the spine edges of the pamphlets. The staples were removed, and paper repairs carried out with toned japanese paper adhered with WSP. A piece of toned aerocotton was used to strengthen the back of the first notebook, this also was used to reattach the pamphlets. The single sections were then sewn up with a pamphlet stitch using the holes left by the staples, through the aerocotton.
Another piece of toned aerocotton was used to cover the back notebook, repairing the textblock split. this was reinforced with small stitches at head and tail, which were then covered with the repaired strips. The inside of the split was repaired with toned japanese paper and WSP.
The strips at head and tail were then repaired with toned japanese paper (where there were splits and tears) and toned manilla was used for infills.
The edges of the covering board were consolidated with WSP.