How to mend a broken end band

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Hello Sophia,

The courses you provide are immensely helpful and informative. I have repaired dozens of 19th century books so far with Japanese tissue paper and Nori paste, now I am repairing older leather bound books. I have used Klucel-G to restore the red rot, but there are some broken end bands and I was wondering what you would suggest to repair them. The cords on the front board are broken, but I shall re-attach with tissue paper. The text block is all intact and beautiful printing.

I have attached some photos to explain.

All the best, Kelly

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    Asked on December 9, 2020 7:21 am
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    Hi Kelly,

    This is a great question. This end-band is very delicate and so I am going to recommend attaching Japanese tissue to the back of it so it extends onto the spine. It would be easiest to attach a brown tissue that blends in. Basically you are trying to save the end-band for a future restorer to see what it looked like. I would use PVA. I make this recommendation based on the fact that the book is a fragile tight-back leather book. For another book I might recommend re-attaching with threads or even making a new one. I hope that helps.

     

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      Hi Sophia,

      Thanks very much, the book is fragile but at the same time it is till strong, the cotton rag paper is still good. The end-band is delicate, I will get some tissue paper that will blend with the old leather and carefully re-attach it and hope it holds for a future restorer.

      All the best, Kelly

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