Hinge repair on leather bound book

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Hi Sophia,

On Dec.4 I asked a question about head and tail spine repair on  leather bound books. You replied and I posted a picture of my repairs and added a question about hinge repair. However it’s been so long between my first and the second question, I think the follow-up question has been lost so I will ask again. I should have started a new thread instead of adding on to the first. The text blocks are completely separated from the cases and in one volume the end sheet paste downs are almost gone. Is there a hinge repair that I can do that doesn’t involve a complete re-back? The books are old but I don’t consider them real valuable as several pages are very dirty, I suspect from greasy children’s fingers. I could do a re-back but less is more, right?  Thanks, Nancy

p.s. I’ve included a picture showing the completed spine ends and the text block.

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    Asked on January 26, 2021 6:20 pm
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    Hi Nancy,

    I thought I had made a course for this but now I can't find it. Hmm. The trick is to avoid any text-spine modifications that will render that spine too wide to fit into the cover! If the text-spine lining is solid you can uses some archival paper to just create small hinges on both edges instead of creating a full paper hollow. You don't show the paste-downs that you say are almost gone. That sounds odd to me. Before you case-in. you can create a new paste-down or even a partial paste-down tipped on to the text-block with a hinge.  Old leather books are so fragile in the joints that you are going to have to be extra delicate and really think about and test that whatever you add will not strain them. Any paste-down attachments will have to be done with the board supported in a half-open sort of way to protect the hinges. I hope this helps. I will look around and see if I can't find that course I started on this same subject.

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    Answered on January 27, 2021 6:53 am
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      Sophia,

      Thanks for your response. As you can see, for better or worse, I relined the spine and reinforced the hinge area with tissue. This is the voume with most of the pastedoown intact.  See picture below. Nancy

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          That looks like it is holding together nicely!

           

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