This book was sewn on tapes. The upper tape is broken on the front hinge, and the lower one is broken on the back hinge (see photos).
The detached pieces of the tapes can still be recovered. They are under the paste paper, on the covers. But I guess that trying to reattach them by re-sewing or gluing might create a bulge, and future friction, on some already weak spots.
I think about a discrete but somehow more solid consolidation, with cloth/ Japanese paper all over the spine, and over the existing sewing tapes, while allowing larger cloth margins which will go under the paste papers.
I find the original binding was not solid enough, and/or the sewing tapes not long enough, given the book size (23 x 31 x 5 cm).
Any thoughts on this? Am I thinking about the right approach?
Is there a more appropriate approach, and could I find it in some of your courses?
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