Because every job is unique, we offer no standard price list. There are too many variables (including condition of textblock, type of leather, papers, style of headbands, etc.) to give an estimate without your project in hand. As a general rule, it may be said that most books cost more to repair (and sometimes far more) than to replace. For that reason, most of our labor is directed to books and objects that are irreplaceable: family heirlooms, rare or antiquarian material, and fine bindings.
We'd be happy to take a look at any project and to give you a variety of options (including recommending no treatment or treatment by another company) to choose from.
We try to keep a small number of bindings on hand for immediate sale. Please contact us for a list of titles, prices and additional photos. Currently available titles include:
Ainsworth, William Harrison. The Tower of London. A Historical Romance. Illustrated by George Cruikshank. London: George Routledge and Sons, late 1800's. Rebound in half brown morocco, sides and endpapers of spanish wave marbling in browns, with veins of muted green, yellow and red. Bound by an apprentice. $260.
The Arabian Nights, with illustrations by Rene' Bull. NY: Dodd, Mead & Co., 1912. Original front cover and spine bound in at rear. Design binding. Rebound in red ostrich, with open marbled panel on spine for title and marbling on front board under leather. Small brass lamp in lower right corner, leather onlays.
This is an important and valuable edition of the "Nights", profusely illustrated with color plates as well as black and white drawings throughout. It is one of our earliest bindings, so lacks finesse at corners and turn-ins, but is a striking & whimsical design solidly executed. $1200
Bunyan, John. Pilgrim's Progress. London: George Virtue, circa 1850. Engraved frontis portrait, foldout color map "of the road from the City of Destruction to the Celestial City". Green morocco spine, sides and endpapers of feather marbling in green/black/blue/brown, mini-corners of green cloth. Black morocco label. $540
Calvin, John. Sermons on Deuteronomy. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, facsimile of 1583 edition. Bound in full brown calf, red morocco label in 16th century style. $650
Howie, John. The Scots Worthies. Edinburgh: Banner of Truth, 1995 reprint of 1870 edition. Rebound in half brown calf, sides and endpapers of combed marbling in burgundy tones. Five raised bands. Bound by an apprentice. $240
Keats, John. The Complete Poetical Works and Letters of John Keats, Cambridge Edition. Boston & NY: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1899. All edges brilliantly gilt, rebound in full brown morocco, five raised bands, marbled endpapers. Labels of black morocco on 2nd and 4th panels. Bound by an apprentice. $480
Keble, John. The Christian Year. Thoughts in verse for the Sundays and Holydays throughout the year. London: George Routledge And Sons, likely early 1900's. Top edge gilt, wide margins. Rebound in full black morocco, red morocco title panel. Blind tooling on outside but for the label, with board edges rolled in gold and inner dentelles gilt. Endpapers of handmade marbled paper in spanish wave red with gold veins. A beautiful book. $520
The Proverbs of Solomon. Fine art printing of the Book of Proverbs, King James Version, on handmade paper, decorative initials, top edge gilt with true deckle edges. No colophon information, but circa 1900. Rebound with brown morocco spine, cloth sides, handmarbled endpapers in greens, browns, gold. $280
Thayer, William M. Life of Ben Franklin from Boyhood to Manhood. 2000 reprint of 1889 edition by American Foundation Publications. Rebound in half navy calf, 5 raised bands on spine, sides and endpapers of handmarbled paper. Double gold lines at paper edges and bands, labels of burgundy morocco at 2nd and 5th panels. Bound by an apprentice. $240
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler. Poems of Hope. London: Siegle, Hill & Co., circa 1915. Small (3 Â½" high), all edges gilt, bound in full green morocco, 5 raised bands, marbled endsheets. $280