Cloth binding disassembled

Hit his old cloth bound book is now ready for rebuilding the spine and rebacking. Not too much page repair and cosmetics will be simple.

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Tests – Cleaning an old oil painting.

Tested more than a few solvents before cleaning this painting. After all was done it cleaned up nicely. Now it’s drying with a coat of damar varnish.

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Spanish-American War Album

During the 1890s South Dakota organized a regiment to go to war. The ephemera and photos of the album do well in showing that experience. I also made an ePub book of the albums scans.

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Happy New Year – Max Marbles/Bookbinder

Click on the image to see a monstrous view of the bindery!

Happy New Year to my wonderful clients and to you who I have not yet met. And a big thanks to Ron Cooper for this great shot!

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Gray’s Memoirs – 1775

Just got this in. Although the book is not considered valuable, it is a wonderful example of the craftsmanship of paper making, printing, bookbinding and many of the auxiliary crafts supporting 18th century book production.

I could go on and on, but am just delighted to have this in my possession long enough to make a hinge repair. My friend David has brought this and many other beautifully made older books to the bindery. When he walks in, I can’t wait to see what he has.

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