Head and tail spine repair on leather bound book

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Hi Sophia,

I have a leather bound book with a ragged spine head. I know this is above my skill level so I guess it’s a learning experience. It’s my personal copy. Can I use a similar technique to your lesson on a cloth book, 2-108 Repair Frayed Book Spine Head and Tail… ¬†There is no turn-in remaining so I would think I would need to add another layer of Japanese tissue to the inside. I have treated the book with Klucel and figure I should use PVA instead of paste. Any thoughts?

Thanks, Nancy

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    Asked on December 4, 2020 3:17 pm
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    Make sure you treat both sides of the leather with Klucel-G. The less moisture you can have in the adheseive the better.

    This looks like a tight-back which is just hard to do in any case. Let me know what problems you come up against!

     

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      As you can see, I have repaired the head of the spine on both volumes. They look better but not perfect by any means. I found using pva on the Japanese tissue very difficult. I liked using shoe cream for matching the color. 

      These are not tight-back books however the text blocks are completely separated and part of the end papers are gone. The text blocks themselves are solid. I don't see how I can do a quick hinge fix on these. Any suggestions? They are not extremely valuable because there are so many stained pages inside probably from children, maybe me or my mom ;-) turning pages with dirty hands. Perhaps I should do a complete re-back being as archival as possible.

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