The Restoration Version of a Quick Fix (from lesson 4-407)

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Dear Sophia and classmates,

I was wondering what a more ‘restoration’ or nicer approach would be on the book covered in lesson 4-107 (reattach a leather book board)? Lets say the book wasn’t suffering from red rot (or red decay) and the covers came loose because the hulk was reading it. The spine is too pristine to be replaced. What would you recommend?

Thank you.

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Carlijn Bakker Posted by (Questions: 15, Answers: 16)
Asked on April 22, 2022 1:28 am
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* I was typing out my notes and I discovered another link that doesn't work (for me). "Optional: Page repair could be done as needed especially in the hinge area." 3-101: Archival Page Repair for Beginners

** Secondly I wonder if this sound say 'paste' instead of 'PVA'. "Color Option: This leaves a white line showing on the outer joint area. What can be done about this? Doing nothing is certainly an option. Anything applied over the leather will damage it and make it harder to restore more fully later. However, if you want to apply something, you can use very thin strip of matching color Kozo / Japanese tissue like a Moriki. It should not extend more than an eighth of an inch on either side of the break. Apply with a very dry PVA (after Klucel was applied). This will do nothing for the strength of the joint and is likely to fall off when the boards are opened but it might look better on the shelf depending on the quality of the color matching."

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Carlijn Bakker Posted by (Questions: 15, Answers: 16)
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    Hi Carlijn,

    The restoration method I have used for spines as you describe (although I would have to assess each book to be certain) is one where I surgically cut into the spine and the board and insert some sort of new hinge. It depends on the book. For larger books I frequently use split (or even unsplit) scored Tyvek or matching leather if matching is crucial(see photo). Then I add a matching Japanese tissue such as Moriki over that (still under the leather). This is painstaking work with a very sharp knife. It is easy to destroy the original spine or the edge of the board with one wrong move. Then, after inserting the new hinge, VERY dry PVA is used to GENTLY close the flaps back. Klucel should have been used earlier after opening the flaps to prevent discoloration at the edges. 

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      Answered on April 22, 2022 10:11 am
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        Hi Sophia, Thank you so much. Hopefully I can try both methods soon.

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        Carlijn Bakker Posted by (Questions: 15, Answers: 16)
        Answered on April 23, 2022 2:17 am