The subject book is a 1952 vintage Babar, hardback, approx 10-1/4” wide by 14-38” tall, sewn, with each signature only 2 sheets (8 actual pages), 40 total pages, with glued on endsheets that match the paste downs. As pics show, the “spine” was some weird concoction that looks like canvas and, as shown, has shredded apart. Mull was originally used but the size of the book (i.e., the boards) was a bit too much. There was only mull and the separated endsheets at the hinge points. Question: if the spine is re-glued, new mull applied, would that hold the text block? I could see an argument to carefully deconstruction and resew but it seems a shame unless that appears to be the absolute best choice to regain some integrity. I have black book cloth that will go for the spine. Thank you for your time.
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