Our area of expertise is the restoration of antiquarian material. With many of the same tools a 17th century binder would have in his shop, we can match the binding styles of any century in any material. We are especially adept at saving your original binding, blending new materials with old to bring strength to the book while preserving the old feel. If rebinding is desired, we can create an appropriate look for the period using the finest vegetable or alum-tawed leathers, handmade and handmarbled papers, and archivally sound adhesives.
We restore many bibles, of course, from ordinary modern pocket New Testaments to large Family Bibles (click here for more on Bible rebinding), but the bulk of our work is for institutions and collectors. Some of these projects are pictured below.
New headbands on an 18th century book, aged to blend with the text.
The Springback Ledger: a project for a county’s archives. Though the interior was in fairly good condition, the rounded “spring” over the spine was missing and the boards had large portions of the leather torn away. More photos here.
Sometimes when a spine is missing or in very rough shape, we get an elegant look by going with a contrast; in this case, replacing what would have been worn cloth with a new leather spine tooled to suggest that it’s the original.
New leather, original cloth sides and label reused. More photos here.
A rebacking of Audubon’s Quadrupeds, with new spines created to blend with the original boards.
Madame Curie, missing large portions of the paper covers. More photos here.
1494 Psalms in German and Latin. Though it is often our goal to reuse the original covers, this early printed book arrived in a 19th century rebinding in rough shape. After thorough restoration of the text, we rebound it in a 15th century style more suited to the original. More photos here.
Flowers Personified. This beautiful book arrived with the spine detached. More photos here.
Restoring the earliest illustrated editions of Milton’s Paradise Lost; 1688 & 1691. More photos here.
County Records and Deed Books. More photos of the restoration of Deed Book F here.