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.
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.
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/