Which treatment to apply for various spine repairs?

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I am wading into book repair. I have a selection of Oz book spines that need love, this is for my collection and not looking to sell. Repairs are of varying degrees from a loosely detached spine, to a completely separated spine and another that the cloth was slighly loosened and someone tried to tape it back on, unsuccessfully. The books are partial childhood collection that grew into my Pandemic Passion Project. Looking for best approaches for each unique situation or how to apply what treatment, I don’t want to cut the spine off and create a new spine if I don’t have to. See below. Am not opposed to a tape fix, but I want to preserve original spine text where possible.

 

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Asked on September 6, 2020 3:16 pm
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Hey there, can you post some photos? You have certainly come to the right place since I have done a lot of Oz book repairs. I suggest looking at all the free videos first to get an idea of some things that can be done. 

All the best,

~Sophia

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    I had to delete your last post because of the photo. You can try again once. I recommend only posting photos for one issue at a time. I can't answer for all the books at once. Also, Just off hand, it looked like many of the courses would be helpful to you.

     

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      In this example, someone tried to tape the spine, which otherwise would not be attaced to the spine, the backboard is nearly detached but for a few threads, the text block is still attached and the interior hinges have been reattached with tape. This is the one I'm nervous about as it is rare to find.

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          In this example the text block is shaken(?) or loosein places, the hinges are loose but attached by mull(?), the book is taped in previous repairs but the spine is attached but cracked along the alleys. This is the earliest ed I have of this title, so maybe I can getaway with tape?

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              Lastly, this title is completely unhinged, old glue all along the back, but the text block relatively in tact. The spine is brittle and cracked. This is a BW later edition so I'm willing to be riskier with this, but it was from my original collection which is why I want to keep it.

              If these are more involved, I am open to a consultation.

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                Answered on September 10, 2020 1:42 pm
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                  First book: That tape will most likely peel off with little damage. If it does start to remove color then use heat. There is a course on that. I see that you would want to save the front joint and not break it. This is an advanced technique. I don't have a course on it up. It is basically like re-casing only you have to connect the other side. The second one I would re-case for sure since the joints are still sort of intact.

                  The last one is a lot like the first but the fact that the mull fell off the spine leaves you with the possibility to glue it back. You would just have to be careful to maintain a separation between the cover and that lining. Stick some wax paper between to preserve the hollow. While you CAN glue this it will make future restorations much harder. I would re-case and use new liners.

                  I hope this helps.

                   

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