Crossing the Bench: 19th Century Collecible Books.

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This month has been filled with many different kinds of bindery projects: Clamshells, historical rebinds, facsimile title pages, and restoration.  

Below are some fun before and after photos of 19th Century collectible books. The biggest issue 19th C. books have are broken hinges and torn end caps, most commonly due to how thin binders of that time would pare the leather, and the overall poor quality of the leather produced in that century. 

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If you're a collector of this time period make sure to keep your leather bindings hydrated, and your book conservator on speed dial.