Gallery: Flora Rustica: From the library of Charles H. Spurgeon

This project came to us from the library of 19th Century preacher Charles Haddon Spurgeon. As is common for 19th century books bound in half-calf (leather spine and corners), the thin leather joints had crumbled and the boards were detached. New inner joints were created, and new leather was applied to matching boards. The original cloth sides went neatly back on over the leather, and gold tooling was worked in a very similar style. The reuse of the original label gives this book new life while very much capturing the look and feel of the original.

The original spine, with leather cracked and brittle.

The original spine, with leather cracked and brittle.

The original boards, cloth sides removed to be reused.

The original boards, cloth sides removed to be reused.

New leather, original cloth sides and label reused.

New leather, original cloth sides and label reused.

Laying out the spacing of new spine and false bands.

Laying out the spacing of new spine and false bands.

New boards and old.

New boards and old.