Consider a leather bound Bible, some 2-1/2 years old. Cover is generally in great shape; spine solid, unmarked, front and rear interior hinges intact, solid, look great (see pic of front hinge). But the car that ran over it (literally tires marks on Title page) caused some significant “internal injuries.” Interestingly enough, both the front and rear of the text block “broke” the same. Exactly the same number of physical pages from the flyleaf to the exposed stitching both front and back. See pic of front, which is similar to back. Additionally, at approximately 75% of the text block from the front, a major break occurred, apparently at a signature separation. This allows one to see that the text block spine liner was ripped and pulled loose. Exposed end band is shown in pic. Further, the last pic shows that the paste down (at top front) was slightly pulled away and appears to be eligible to be opened up for a recase.
I was thinking that since the interior hinges and first 5 physical pages front and back are pretty solid, and the paste down has given way a bit, that the text block could be cut from the cover/case at those breaks. Clean up the back of text spine, carefully retaining head/end bands, add desired red (additional) marker ribbon (replace head/end bands), new mull and recase under lifted paste downs. I will have to be sure regular mull doesn’t add too much bulk, but my concern then is ensuring those breaks, front and back five pages in are somehow solid and look intact. Glue? Some other approach? The interior hinges are SO tight and SO good, I really hate to separate the text block from cover there. Thanks for your time.
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