Examples

Four large volumes of an early 18th century library catalogue from Balliol College Oxford were recently treated in the studio. 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.

2016-07-11 16.09.29
Before conservation
2016-09-29-12-19-44
Before conservation: detail of delaminating leather and worn board edges
2016-09-29-13-13-15
During conservation: linen spine-lining and replacement structural endbands
2016-10-12-16-55-13
During conservation: first spine lining of linen, and braids over the old sewing supports
2016-10-12-17-09-40
After conservation: consolidated board corner
2016-10-25-18-37-35
After conservation