1612 Bible: Restoration and Clamshell Enclosure

Before Restoration

Before Restoration

Before and After Restoration.

Before and After Restoration.

We had the pleasure of restoring another rare bible from 1612.  We love having the opportunities of restoring these special pieces of history.  This book was especially fun because of the hand written notes left in the margins.

The leather binding was severely dry and peeling, the endbands were almost completely gone, the endcaps were completely gone, and loose pages were falling out of the book among other issues.  Luckily we were able to save this beautiful book!  Here's a list of how we saved it.  

Restoration list (not in any particular order):     

  • Leather consolidation and hydration.
  • Internal and external hinge repairs. 
  • Rebuilt endcaps.
  • New top endband.
  • Corners built out and consolidated.
  • Edge consolidation and repairs.
  • Tipped in loose pages.
  • Toning all over.
  • Polish.

In addition to restoring this book we thought it would be a good idea to build a clamshell enclosure for it.  Clamshells aren't just beautiful, they provide addition protection for rare books, and they even provide a controlled environment for rare books.  Clamshells are really a good idea for any valuable rare book, in our opinion.