This morning was really interesting. Someone came by with a book that needed repair – a Webster’s Dictionary from 1952.
It’s GINORMOUS. It’s use-me-to-defeat-the-intruder-in-your-home size. Seriously. The thing is five inches thick:
The binding is really odd – I’ve never seen anything like it before. The whole book is post-bound.
The spine isn’t attached to the front and back covers – it gets sandwiched in between the text block and the covers when you close the screw posts.
My friend Elizabeth, who attended the North Bennet Street School, told me that she thinks that this isn’t how the book was originally bound. She pointed out how the spine-edge of the pages don’t all line up as they should – it’s as if the book were cut into sections and then rebound using screw posts.
I didn’t start working on the book repair today because I had to focus on a custom order that I received from Etsy. I’m customizing a large photo album with a different ribbon binding. This will be my first book to live in Spain! ¡Hurra!
Today was Glue Day:
The handmade orange oak leaf paper is my absolute favorite paper by Richard Langdell. Please don’t tell the other papers that I’m playing favorites.