Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather
Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather
Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather

Mid 20th Century Gardening Manual

Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather
Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather

Conservation Gallery

Book Conservation

Before Conservation

After Conservation

Books are bound in different materials such as leather, bookcloth, textile, paper and vellum or parchment.  They are bound in many different styles.

Often they become damaged through being used and a poorly constructed binding.

Book Conservation tries to reuse as much of the original parts of the book as possible when a book is repaired.  This way the book retains is authenticity and remains looking “old”.

Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather

A Textile Covered Scrapbook Album, mid 19th Century

  1.   Board and endpapers reattached with minimal disruption to textile

  1.   Textile bound book with both front board and endpapers detached

Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather

Late 13th Century Manuscript

Before Conservation

After Conservation

  1.   Rebound in hand selected and prepared vellum with alum tawed ties

  2.   Sewn on to an alum tawed wrapper

  3.   Housed in a bespoke box with the removed binding included

Before Conservation

After Conservation

Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather

A Book of Nursery Songs and Rhymes by Sabine Baring-Gould, 1895

  1.   Bookcloth bound book

  2.   Spine nearly detached

  3.   Previous repair with pressure sensitive adhesive tape

  1.   Poorly rebound around 1900

  2.   Poor materials used and the style did not allow for easy opening

  3.   Damaging to original manuscript

  1.   Repaired with appropriate materials, coloured to tone with original

  2.   Tape removed and adhesive residue reduced

  3.   Original spine replaced

After Conservation

Before Conservation

Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather

Textile Binding, 16th-18th Century , ‘Advice to Children’ Notebook

Textile, Binding, Conservation, Book, Restoration, Repair, Box, Storage, Bespoke
Textile, Binding, Conservation, Book, Restoration, Repair, Cloth
Textile, Binding, Conservation, Book, Restoration, Repair, Cloth
Textile, Binding, Conservation, Book, Restoration, Repair, Cloth
Textile, Binding, Conservation, Book, Restoration, Repair, Cloth
Textile, Binding, Conservation, Book, Restoration, Repair, Cloth
Textile, Binding, Conservation, Book, Restoration, Repair, Cloth

After Conservation

Before Conservation

  1.   Fraying, losses and tears to textile cover

  2.   Front board detached

  3.   Missing front endpapers

  1.   Textile cover repaired

  2.   Front board reattached

  3.   New endpapers made

  1.   Corner of board delaminating

  2.   Losses to textile

  1.   Corner of board repaired

  2.   Losses to textile repaired

  1.   Losses and fraying to textile

  1.   Textile repaired and secured

  1.   Bespoke box designed and made

  2.   Textile chemise made to protect textile binding (not pictured)

Lara Meredith

Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather

Book Conservation      Archive Conservation

 
Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather

“The Vinegar Bible”, Rochester Cathedral, Kent.  1717

“The Vinegar Bible” is owned by Rochester Cathedral in Kent and has been almost exclusively in its possession since it was printed in 1717.  This makes it an important item in the Cathedrals collection.  No body knows how or why the bible got into such a poor condition.  The front board was detached, the back board was very loose and there was extensive damage to the textblock throughout.


Rochester Cathedral asked me if I could conserve the bible to allow for it to be lightly used again but, most importantly, to retain as much evidence of the damage as possible.


It proved a difficult and time consuming project; using conservation and preservation techniques to allow safe handling of the book by securing the boards, sewing structure and minimally supporting almost every leaf of the textblock, allowing each page to turn without damage.


I am delighted with the results and very pleased with the video that Rob Goldsmith at Dream Vision Media produced.

 
Bernard Middleton, Binding, Conservation, Repair, Restoration, Leather
Oxford University, Book Conservation, Repair, Restoration, Leather, Binding
Oxford University, Book Conservation, Repair, Restoration, Leather, Binding
Bernard Middleton, Binding, Conservation, Repair, Restoration, Leather
Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather
  1.   Boards reattached and new leather spine made

  2.   New leather spine labels made

  3.   Gold tooled labels


Work carried out with Sarai Vardi​ who was working with me from 2013-'14 as an HLF/ICON intern

  1.   Leather bound book with both boards detached

  2.   Spine lost

Leather In Life, Art & Industry’ by John W. Waterer, 1945

Binding by Bernard Middleton

  1.   Leather bound book with front board detached

  1.   Board reattached and leather repaired

Cloth Textile Binding, Repair, Restoration, Conservation, Gardening Book
Cloth Textile Binding, Repair, Restoration, Conservation, Gardening Book
  1.   Textile bound

  2.   Spine damaged and almost detached

  3.   Textile damaged on boards

  1.   Spine repaired and reattached

  2.   Cover textile reattached

Book Conservation Repair Restoration Paper Leather

A History of Oxford by A. Woods, 1796

Before Conservation

After Conservation

Before Conservation

After Conservation

World War 1 Notebook National Army Museum Conservation Restoration Repair

WW1 Field Notebook

Before Conservation

After Conservation

World War 1 Notebook National Army Museum Conservation Restoration Repair
  1.   Leather bound notebook

  2.   Front board missing

  3.   Very damaged spine

  1.   New board made and attached

  2.   New leather covering to board and spine