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Historical Reference Book Repairs

Historical reference books, topical and local histories, text books, accounts and ledgers, rare and collectible volumes sympathetically repaired. Here are selected examples of our work with historical reference book repairs.
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Baines’ History of Liverpool, 1852

This volume of Baines’ ‘History of Liverpool’ has been handed down through our client’s family for generations and had been stored in inadequate conditions for decades. This volume was thoroughly cleaned, paint removed from the leathers, extensive paper repairs done, especially on the fold out maps, and finally rebound onto strong internal cord supports. Finished with new headbands, page ribbon and hand marbled endpapers, the original cover leathers were redyed, preserved, polished and remounted to preserve the orginal look and feel of this wonderful local history.

The Arctic Shores, 1838

This detailed account of Sir George Back’s 1836 Arctic expedition and survey included many exciting lithographs and maps. Repaired and rebound in blue Moroccan featuring raised cord leather spine and corners, hand marbled cover boards and silver spine titling.

4000 Champagnes, 2004

Histories and text books don’t have to be antiquarian to be worth preserving and collecting. This contemporary oversize volume on the history and culture of champagne was repaired and rebound with extra internal support cords and finished in fine Moroccan with raised corded spine and corners, gilt titling, hand marbled endpapers for a private collection.

Practical Carpentry & Joinery, 1950’s

This 1950’s manual on ‘Practical Carpentry and Joinery’ was a very well used and essential volume in our client’s workshop. In the regular course of work this volume was subjected to all manner of daily wear and tear. Thoroughly cleaned, glue removed, pages repaired, this volume was rebound into a smart blue cloth finish with gilt spine titling to be handed down the our client’s son for many more years of fine cabinetry, carpentry and joinery ahead.

Japanese Garden Design, 1951

This 1951 volume ‘Japanese Garden Design’ was rescued from disrepair by a keen enthusiast of Asian cultures. Much of the orignal cover materials had been destroyed. We created a stylish and suitable new Bradel binding in a sympathetic colour scheme to match what remained of the orginal silk screened cloth, rebound the volume with matching headbands, page ribbon and Japanese silk endpapers for this private collector.

Royal School of Needlework, Jacobean Designs

The Royal School of Needlework at Hampton Court Palace has an outstanding topical library for use in their workroom. This useful and practical volume was in such a fragile state that it was unfit for use by students within their programmes. We lifted all original materials, repaired and rebound the volume onto internal support cords. We then cleaned, preserved and remounted the original cover material in keeping with the orignial look and feel of the volume while providing a strong and reliable structure for the future.

Salisbury Cathedral, 1814

‘History of Salisbury Cathedral’ and environs published by special subscription with complete description, history and including many fine etchings and views of the exterior and interior of the cathedral. Rebound in leather with hand marbled papers for private collection.

Historical Records and Ledgers

Historical ledgers record the history of our clubs and organisations as well as preserving a general record of the times. The Windsor & District Liberal Club had many years of membership and activity ledgers which had fallen into a dangerous state of disrepair and decay. We carried out extensive cleaning, repair work and leather rebinding to secure the records of their history for the future.