Bible repair – creating a signature for loose pages

  • Student Forum
  • [RESOLVED] Bible repair - creating a signature for loose pages

I’m back, with yet another bible question!

This bible has, among other issues , about 100 pages that have fallen out of the back of it. I have started the process of re-casing it, but I wanted to check with you concerning my plan to get the pages back in. Since quite a few of them are ragged as this book is well loved even after falling apart, I’m going to do some trimming of them to get them in better shape to replace, and then I was planning to place each of them in a signature, spacing accordingly to how much they have been trimmed, flattening them as best I can because I do not have a lot of space to work with, gluing them to the mull in order, and then possibly sewing them into the mull for extra security. This book doesn’t have any other sewing, so I’m not sure how that will look. I am concerned for space though, as it will be a tight fit, so I was wondering if you had any other advice or suggestions to help minimize the bulk I add to the textblock. I’m not sure how much use it will be, but I have attached a picture of my 3 parts currently, the intact textblock in my makeshift press, the loose pages are in a bag, and the cover/case.

Thanks so much!

    Marked as spam
    Posted by (Questions: 3, Answers: 1)
    Asked on June 1, 2021 12:45 pm
    Private answer

    Hi there,

    Good job thinking about the thickness of the text-block before you do the repairs!

    Instead of "sewing" consider scoring the back and inserting some cord. This is a more standard procedure for glued books.

    As for keeping the thickness down, you are already doing all the right things. Less is more. You really need less than you think to make it last a long time if you use quality materials.

    I hope it comes out ok! You can see in my course on re-casing a bible how it can go wrong. (but fixable)

    Marked as spam
    Posted by (Questions: 1, Answers: 215)
    Answered on June 2, 2021 8:01 am