A commission to bind the new Register of Admissions for University College Oxford.

“it really is a lovely piece of work, which one day will be a treasure of the archives”

Dr Robin Darwall-Smith, Archivist.

Full leather fine binding
Rough-gilt edges, hand-worked silk endbands, and gold tooled caps.
Paste paper end-leaves, and tooled leather turn-in.
Paste paper end-leaves and binders ticket.

A mid-19th century springback binding recently repaired in the studio. Rather than a complete re-sew, two new tapes were added, and small tabs of parchment were used to support the sewing. A replacement spring was created and new leather was toned to match. A custom drop-back box was made to house this irreplaceable register.

Before conservation
Sewing on new tapes
Parchment sewing reinforcement
New replacement spring
After conservation
Completed re-back, with cloth covered drop-back-box

Four large volumes of an early 18th century library catalogues treated in the studio in 2016. The catalogues are bound in reverse sheep leather and are sewn on eight raised cords. The books were worn from heavy use – in particular the board attachments, which were all worn or split.

More details of the project can be found here: https://balliollibrary.wordpress.com/2017/02/07/endbands-and-conservation/

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Before conservation
Before conservation: detail of delaminating leather and worn board edges
During conservation: linen spine-lining and replacement structural endbands
During conservation: first spine lining of linen, and braids over the old sewing supports
After conservation: consolidated board corner
After conservation


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