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Book Repair & Restoration

Using conservation and preservation methods, we restore and rebind books with precision and artisanal skill. Keeping the integrity of a work's age and historical context is integral to the work we perform.

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Pictorial Cover Restorations

Vizetelly & Co.

These two books were fully restored in our bindery. All of the gilded titling on the spine and covers were restored, the gilding on the cover illustration was also restored. Corners and end caps were restored, the covers were cleaned and the text block was resewn and recased.

Below are images that illustrate the condition of these books before and after our care and restorations.

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Leather Restorations & Rebinding

Newton's Optiks & Newtonia Principia

Newton's first english edition of "Optiks" was fully restored in our bindery. The original leather was conserved and placed over a new leather binding. The original binding was then blended into the new materials creating a seamless transition from new material to original. 

This fourth edition of Newton's Principia was rebound to match the style/period and wear of the Optik's volume.

Below are images that illustrate the condition of these books before and after our care and restorations.

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Cloth Cover Restorations

Smith Elder, & Co 65 Cornhill

This early copy of Jane Eyre from 1857 was bound by the Bronte sisters' main publisher, Smith, Elder & Co and features the pseudonym “Currer Bell” as the author. This book was fully restored in our bindery. The text was resewn and new spine material was added. The cloth was cleaned and restored, and the text was recased in the original restored covers.

Below are images that illustrate the condition of these books before and after our restorations and care.

Each book that comes into the studio presents a unique set of problems to solve, below are a few examples of the repairs that have been done.