Binding and repairing books by hand by David Muir

By David Muir

Пособие по переплету и восстановлению переплетов книг. Приводятся техника переплета, рассказывается об используемом инструменте.

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Then press the flaps down on to the boards (fig. 34), stretching the leather tight across the back. Once you have the leather sticking along the spine and both boards you may take your folder and smooth the leather along the boards, removing any excess paste that may squeeze out as a result. Figure 34 - Fitting new leather to spine You are now ready for the turning in of the ends, which is a very similar job to the cloth turn in and, in fact, should be easier. You might have to put a little more paste on the leather to be turned and also on the dry board, where the leather will go.

Should this be the case then pull some more out using finger and thumb but try to achieve this without opening the book or you may disturb the turn in. ) Figure 35 - Tightening leather turn in To finish the job, give all the new leather a light wash with damp cotton wool to remove any excess paste, then put some strips of greaseproof paper inside to protect the book and leave to dry, making sure that the part of the book that has been rebacked, the spine, is not touching anything, this being most easily done by resting the book on the edge of a table with the repair sticking out over the edge.

You do not want thick, heavy glue on the spine, but just a thin coating to seal the sections, so remember to keep it thin and wipe off any residue with old, crumpled up paper. After gluing remove the boards and wipe off any glue that may have got under them, or onto the endpapers, then leave to dry. Trimming There are occasions when it is necessary to trim all the edges of a book. Usually this would apply to modern books; it is most unwise to trim an old book as this could easily diminish its value.

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