26 March, 2007
On to another restoration project. This is a book on Revelation read over and over by the great grandfather of a friend from church. Notice the makeshift "stab" binding the grandfather added in his own resourceful attempt to keep the text together! Stab binding is an actual technique in Japanese binding, but it's not done through traditional book boards. I have never seen such drastic measures taken in this way on a vintage book! My friend wants to keep the strings (part of the charm of the memory of his great grandfather) attached...or should I say "re"attached after restoration.
There will be much involved in this restoration, cover completely removed, repaired, and reattached to the boards, text will need a lot of tissue repair in the gutters and then re-sewn and reinserted into the boards. I should be done in no time at all.... :-p