How to approximate the date of an early restoration

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I have a 1628 copy of Sir Walter Raleigh’s History of the World.  It is a 1,000 page folio with the original leather covers laid onto a newer leather binding.  What can I look for, if anything, that would provide clues as to how recent the restoration may have been done?  Is this even possible?

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Asked on December 21, 2021 3:42 am
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Can you send a photo? It is impossible to tell exactly because the materials can stay in a shop a long time before they are used.  I talk about how to identify restorations in my book: Book Restoration Unveiled, but didn't address identifying age of repair. The only way to tell at all would be if the kind of material used for the repair hadn't been invented before such and such a date. Like heat-set tissue is a fairly recent invention.

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    Can you send a photo? It is impossible to tell exactly because the materials can stay in a shop a long time before they are used.  I talk about how to identify restorations in my book: Book Restoration Unveiled, but didn't address identifying age of repair. The only way to tell at all would be if the kind of material used for the repair hadn't been invented before such and such a date. Like heat-set tissue is a fairly recent invention.

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      https://www.mementomoribooks.com/pages/books/214/sir-walter-raleigh-ralegh/the-history-of-the-world

       

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        I can tell that the sides are "original" and a new spine has been added.  Becasue of the age, the book has likely been re-bound at least once from the original binding so you could call the sides historic. It is good that the spine looks to be calf-skin and matches well enough. The title piece is very new though. The original titling would have been different with no line between title and author. Read Middleton's Restoration of Leather Bindings for more specifics. Good luck with your project. I hope that helps.

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