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Repairs


Re-backing is required when the spine of a book, a board or a cover becomes detached. Examples of how covers and boards are re-worked can be seen alongside. This work is not restricted to valuable books but may also be necessary for old reference works or heavily used titles.

Different forms of adhesive are used for different problems. For much internal repair work I will use a flour and water paste. I will use animal glue on the spines of old books that warrant it. Both of these adhesives are reversible.

Nowadays PVA glue is supposed to be reversible but this is not always easy. Certainly paste will be used with paper and archival quality PVA or animal glue for spine linings.

As with restoration work material for covers will be selected to match the original as closely as possible. See the Before and After images for examples of the changes that can be made with damaged or neglected works.

The two series of photos below show the repairs of a travel clock and a miniature book.  Please click on an image to enlarge it.



Gardener's Chronicle before repair
Gardener's Chronicle after repair
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Folklore before repair
Folklore after repair
Holy bible before repair
Holy bible after repair
Travel clock before repair
Travel clock inside before repair
Travel clock outside before repair
Travel clock outside before repair
travel clock after repair
Travel clock inside after repair with new silk lining
Travel clock outside after repair
Travel clock outside after repair
Miniature bible showing paper damage
Miniature bible showing paper damage
Miniature bible showing damage before repair
Miniature bible after paper repair
Miniature bible after paper repair
Miniature bible after repair using the original spine on top of new leather