Gallery: Flowers Personified

This beautiful volume arrived with the spine detached. A rebacking using the original spine is a common repair, especially when the spine is tooled as nicely as this. The first step is to remove the boards, clean the spine, and inspect the state of the sewing. Repairs to the textblock happen first, as well as the decision whether to sew on new cloth joints or to lay them over the spine. Once the pages are in good shape, a new spine is made with the closest match of leather grain and color. The leather on top of the boards and the paper pastedowns inside are carefully lifted so that the new spine can be tucked in. After new paper joints are worked inside and all is closed up, the last steps involve reattaching the original spine and any blending or touch up needed to hide the new work as much as possible.

Flowers Personified. This beautiful book arrived with the spine detached. Click the link at top of page to see more of this project.

Flowers Personified. This beautiful book arrived with the spine detached. Click the link at top of page to see more of this project.

Part of this book's value lies in the hand-colored illustrations throughout.

Part of this book’s value lies in the hand-colored illustrations throughout.

A new cloth joint inside for strength between the text and the covers.

A new cloth joint inside for strength between the text and the covers.

Turnins lifted and new leather worked underneath.

Turnins lifted and new leather worked underneath.

New paper inner joint over the linen, tucked under the original endsheets.

New paper inner joint over the linen, tucked under the original endsheets.

Closeup of the new spine before any blending or coloring. Though it's almost impossible to completely hide repair work, opening along a tooled line helps hide our intrusions.

Closeup of the new spine before any blending or coloring.
Though it’s almost impossible to completely hide repair work, opening along a tooled line helps hide our intrusions.

Original spine over new leather.

Original spine over new leather.

New leather blended.

New leather blended.

Closeup of front board

Closeup of front board