Book Repairs and Rebinding
We provide book repairs, rebinding and conversions from soft to hard covers. Projects range from historical volumes, family Bibles, cherished childhood books, unique cookbooks, crossword dictionaries, favourite novels, out of print books, paperback to hard cover, slide cases, wrap-around portfolios, and more. Every book is unique.
The extent of repair and rebinding needed depends on the style, material and condition of your book. Much can be done to restore a favourite volume to a strong and reliable condition. Our objective is to return the book as closely as possible to its original form to secure the structure with the least invasive methods possible. Cloth or leather finishing available. Bespoke slip cases and archival boxes made to order. CONTACT the studio for a specific quote for your rebinding or repair.
Historical Family Letters Album
Collection of historical family letters cleaned, repaired and rebound with raised corded binding, leather spine and corners, and gold titling.
Family Cook Books
Much can be done to rescue a family favourite handed down through generations.
This volume of ‘The Joy of Cooking’ was rebound with silk spine and corners and hand marbled covers. Gold foil titling down the spine and page ribbon complete this renewed volume ready for presentation.
‘Model Cookery’ was in need of complete rebinding. Original leather spine and cloth coverings were lifted, cleaned, preserved and remounted onto a new hard cover corded binding to preserve the original look and feel of this historical volume while providing a strong structure to pass along to the next generation. A lovely wedding gift.
“Just to let you know that I am absolutely delighted with the re-binding of my cookery book. You have preserved some cherished memories. I am so grateful. Will be in touch soon regarding the Dickens book. Thank you again.”
Historical Textbooks, Accounts and Journals
This 1892 textbook on perspective for art students has been handed down through three generations. Here’s what the client said:
“A technical book on drawing in perspective came to me from my grandfather. Published in 1892 and cheaply bound as a book for students, it was battered, fragile and falling to pieces through use. Meg has transformed it into a beautiful and robust book. She completely dismantled and rebuilt it with superior binding and covers, while preserving its aged patina and character. She took the utmost care in every aspect of its reconstruction. I would entrust any book to her attention for professional, sympathetic restoration. CL, March 2020“
Restoration of this historical volume chronicling 19th c. Arctic exploration. This raised corded leather binding features blue moroccan spine and corners, silver titling and hand marbled coverings in cool polar blues.
Family heritage is often preserved within the pages of historical Bibles handed down through generations. Over time these leather bindings can break down, pages become frayed or loose. New bindings can feature raised cords, leather spines, original antique titling and matching bespoke drop spine archival boxes to protect and preserve this special family volume.
Paperback conversion to hard cover
Converting a paperback to hard cover helps preserve and protect these special volumes. Pages are lifted, cleaned and reglued with internal reinforcement and mounted into new hard covers. Hand marbled endpapers, page marker ribbons, extra pages and fine art printed titling can be added to create a special presentation copy.
Much can be done to save beloved family favourites. After the pages are cleaned and rebound, original covers are lifted and a supportive backing material is added before remounting onto the new covers. Alternatively, digital reprinting can reproduce original artwork. See below for further details of Digial Image Repair.
Other Repairs and Rebindings
- National Trust, Speke Hall
- Wardown House Museum and Gallery
- Royal School of Needlework, Hampton Court Palace
- Trading Standards Institute UK
- Eames Foundation
- Leonard & Virginia Woolf Commemorative Committee
- HRH Rostislav Romanoff III
- Mark Rylance, actor and former Artistic Director, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
Rebinding a Victorian volume
Cleaning, repairing and rebinding starts with completely removing all the old glue, dirt and debris. Pages and sections are then cleaned and repaired individually before being resewn. Covers are added with internal reinforcement and linings. Finally the leather spine and hand marbled covers are applied along with printed cover titling.
Digital Image Repair and Repro Dust Jackets
Original dust jackets often become yellow and brittle over time. We scan the original, digitally clean and reprint to bring your historic first edition back to life. Our digital repairs and repro dust jackets are printed in high resolution onto fine art quality paper using light-fast archival inks for years of enjoyment.
Digital repair can be done for artworks as well as dust jackets, covers and illustrations. This set of five original watercolours suffered from water damage, UV deterioration and extensive foxing before restoration and framing.
The Problem with Sticky Tape
While it is very tempting to use sticky tape for a quick fix to detached pages and covers, this inevitably causes more damage. These tapes quickly dry while transferring their acid content to the page leaving the familiar yellow ‘footprint’ and sticky residue.
Happily, there is an excellent alternative!
Archival Document Repair Tape is acid free, easy to use and virtually disappears on the page. Simply peel and stick, rub down for strong clear
finish. In convenient rolls, 25 mm x 5m. Order online.