I've published a lot of "process" posts, so it is about time that I catch up with some posts about finished treatments. As I outlined in my "Not Too Matchy-Matchy
" post, I have been working on Thomas Jefferson's original1825 list of books to be purchased for the UVa Library. I recently finished the treatment, after washing, mending and sewing the pages.
I laced on the boards, pared and applied the leather spine as well as the marbled paper. The final step was tooling a decorative line on the leather next to the marbled paper.
|hot tool on the left, final binding in the middle, practice leather on the right|
My model binding had blind lines tooled across the spine, but with such a thin book that wasn't a possibility, also I didn't want the 1825 manuscript to be a replica of my model so much as look like it would be the next notebook on the shelf in Jefferson's library.
|20th century "interim" binding on left, my conservation binding in the center, model binding on the right.|
I'm really pleased with the way the binding turned out, not only is the laced-on structure stronger, but the materials are more in keeping with the time and place where the manuscript originated.
Post a Comment