In addition to conserving books, we also offer a bookbinding and box-making service. Bindings and boxes are hand-made to order, and particular care is taken to accurately replicate historic structures and styles. Below are a few examples of past projects – if you would like to commission a project, please contact us to discuss options.
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A rebind of a late 17th century book on witches that came to us in a rather brutal 20th century library-style binding. The old binding was carefully removed, and the text-block repaired and re-sewn on raised cords – leaving the original sewing intact. It was then rebound in-boards with new plain linen endbands and covered tight-back in sprinkled hand-dyed calf. The board edges were gilt and the blind tooling is restrained, but gives a suggestion of the period.
The Antient and Modern History of The Famous City of York;… / Thomas Gent (York, 1730). This octavo arrived in the studio in a broken 20th century case-binding; so on this occasion was rebound in-boards with a tight-back, and covered in calf decorated with an 18th century style Cambridge panel.
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This two volume set was fully rebound in a late 18th century style. It was re-sewn by hand on four raised cords, with sprinkled edges and hand-worked linen endbands. It was then covered in hand-dyed calf with red goat leather spine-labels and tooling in real gold.
This new binding is next in a series of College Registers dating back to 1764. As requested, the register was hand-bound in a modern style; covered in fine goat leather and finished with the College crest in yellow leather on-lays. For more details, see University College, Oxford.
These two books are bound as ‘springbacks’ – a style of stationery binding common in the 19th century. They are robust and open completely flat, so well suited for visitors books. For more information on springback bindings see Arthur’s 2011 article.
These boxes provide archival quality protection for high-value books. With a robust mill-board structure and strong double-warp cloth covering, they provide support and protection, but also help to buffer from fluctuations in environmental conditions. Options include leather spines (as below) or added pressure flaps – idea for storing parchment books which may be prone to pushing open the lid of a standard box.
These boxes are a made-to-measure but affordable storage solution for fragile books. The examples below are a standard archival phase box with ties, and a more decorative box in Dutch handmade paper with fore-edge slot.
Book shoes are a clever way of supporting the text-blocks of large volumes without obscuring their spines. They are particularly useful in historic collections where space is at a premium and it is important to maintain the aesthetic of a library shelf.