Bookbinding already being a work of patience, restoration can only be qualified as a painstaking task. In particular because, most of the time, the result of long hours of finicky labour will not readily visible, the main task of restoration being to keep the book, paper, binding, etc., as near as possible in their original state.
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BEFORE & AFTER
Pictures of the restoration work on the four volumes of «Commentaries on the laws of England » by William Blackstone, Esq. The Eighth Edition. Oxford, Clarendon Press. MDCCLXXIII.
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|Antique book fairs provide hours of pleasure|
|One will find all kinds of books…|
|… like this one printed in 1667|
|The title page of Prompta Bibliotheca’s first volume in a series of eight|
A previous bookbinder has done his best, albeit a bit clumsily to care for these books : removing the cloth spine, I discovered paper reinforcements underneath…
|…bearing roman numerals handwritten in ink, and, more important, a green label on the original brown leather spine|
|Waiting for the rest of the treatment|
|Green labels are for the title, red labels for volume numbers|
|Modern and traditional finishing hand tools|