Head and Tail Spine Deterioration



I have a similar problem with two books, where the spine is completely missing in places. The copy of Aesop’s Fables is cloth-bound, and it appears as though the top layer of cloth has been worn away? The text block is completely detached from the cover, and I thought it would be a good idea to fix this problem first, but I’m not sure how to proceed.

The second book, The Ballad of Reading Gaol, is missing a chunk from the head of the spine, but is otherwise stable (apologies for the crappy photo). I’d like to fix it for the sake of the text-block, however. It’s not necessarily cloth-bound, more than paper-covered board (I admittedly don’t know the terminology here), and the paper is really fragile, particularly around the hinges — if I touch it too much, it crumbles. Is it fixable?

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    Asked on July 29, 2020 7:00 pm
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    Hi There, the course you need for the Aesop's Fables book is this one:Re-case a book in 7 Steps:  https://saveyourbooks.com/course/2-201-re-case-book-7-steps/

    It would also apply to the second book although you could also use this one for that. Repair a Ragged head and tail of Spine: https://saveyourbooks.com/course/8-104-repair-ragged-head-and-tail-of-spine/

    As for the delicate nature of the paper. It is possible that with a little moisture that you could lift the label off and strengthen it from below. Or consider re-creating the label with brown paper and a printer. 

    I hope that helps. Obviously getting a months All-Access Pass would be the best deal to take these courses.

    Be well and stay safe.

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    Answered on July 30, 2020 8:37 am
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      Perfect! Thank you!

      Stay safe as well!


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