We recently restored and rebound this amazing first edition King James Bible, 1611, and it was so much fun!
We also made a custom enclosure with an internal compartment to house the original leather we took off the covers, and any other documents or provenance that may have come with the book.
The book's boards were quite tattered and not really protecting the text block anymore. The leather was breaking away and not protecting the boards, and well, you get the idea.
We rebound the book with wooden boards in our hand dyed calf leather, hand tooled in both gold and blind, embroidered chevron end bands, hand forged brass corner bosses and clasps that I engraved with a period appropriate design of the 17th Century. We finished the project by adding a facsimile title page.
It's always exciting to add life back to these special relics from the past!