The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 24, Number 6
Apr 2001

Board Reattachment

by David Brock

This is a technique I have been using at Stanford for the past 2 years to reattach the boards of leather covered tightbacked books, sewn on raised bands. It involves lifting the spine leather, board leather and pastedowns at the head and tail only.

The steps are as follows:

I've successfully used this method of board reattachment on large (quarto) and small books, with a few variations depending upon the weight and size of the book. While this technique doesn't entirely replace leather rebacking in my conservation work, I'm finding that I use it more often.

(David Brock is a Rare Book Conservator at Stanford University.)

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