Tuesday, November 26, 2013
The National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library recently acquired this sweet chunky 19th century religious text and brought it into the lab. The binding had broken away from the text block after the first signature because it was so large. The cover was consolidated and the hinges were repaired with colored Japanese paper.
Hidden behind the binding and now revealed because of the failure was a nice piece of cotton cloth used as a spine liner. The spine was relined with gelatin sized Japanese paper for strength and the book was reassembled. Once assembled the paper hinges were tinted with paint to match the original leather. A four flap enclosure was made and the book was off to the NCSML to become part of their growing collection.