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Book Repair and Restoration

Book repair and restoration can be tricky things.

First ask yourself how much you're willing to put into having it restored. Is the book valuable to you, or do you plan to sell it? Not all people want an old book looking brand-new, and the repairs you have done alter the book's value by each individual. If you have a book that's precious to you and you'd like to give it some new life, by all means, go for it! Those decisions are yours alone to make. For anything else, take into careful consideration potential purchasers and pricing on your book.

 

Basic book repairs help keep the book intact without drastically altering its appearance. These include:

  • Gentle cleaning

  • Fixing page tears

  • Reinforcing dull corners

  • Tightening hinges

  • Re-inserting loose pages

  • Re-attaching loose covers

 

More advanced repairs, which may alter the appearacne of the book, include:

  • Complete re-binding

  • Attaching new endpapers and fly-leaves

  • Removing stains

  • Re-covering specific areas of the caseing

 

Restorations include:

  • Thorough cleaning of covers and/or paper

  • Re-coloring/dyeing bookcloth

  • Filling in missing pieces of dust jackets or pages

  • Re-coloring faded images

 

Because each repair is unique to the book, I do not include a price list for these services here. I would have to see thre book in person; from there I could give you a list of both recommended and optional repairs, and price estimates for the job. If you attach photos of what you have, I will be able to give you a rough estimate. 

 

Note: If I am uncomfortable or uncertain of how to perform a specific repair, I will not attempt it. 

Upon begining repair/restoration work, you may be asked to sign a waiver.

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