Q - How do I pronounce the name of your company?
A - Eidolon is pronounced like this: EYE-doe-lawn, emphasis on the Eye.
Q - Okay, now that I know how to pronounce Eidolon, why Eidolon House? Why not Joseph's Bindery, or something like that?
A - Read more about how we came to be Eidolon House HERE, it's a good story. Books are only a part of what we do; Eidolon House is a name that encompasses all of our creative ventures, such as paper marbling, spinning fiber, wool distribution, tool making, and our passion for restoring traditions through our homestead lifestyle.
Q - What is the best way to get an estimate?
A - The best way to receive an estimate is to simply send us an email with a few photos of the book you need preserved or rebound, and we'll email you back with an estimate and continue on from there. We often Facetime/Skype with clients as well.
Q - Is it worth it to repair my bible or special book?
A - If your bible or special book is modern, "worth repairing" depends mostly on your emotional attachment to it. Usually it is less expensive to buy a new bible or version of your special book. However, you'll want to determine the sentimental value of the book and the value of it to your family; some books are priceless depending on the sentimental value, and therefore it's worth it to have your book repaired.
We specialize in conservation and/or restoration for collectible rare books, and so more often than not the value of the book justifies the need for preservation. Regarding collectible rare books, you'll find the more people you talk to in the rare book trade about conservation and restoration, is that everyone has a different answer, which can be frustrating at times. There isn't one set rule regarding book repair; there are industry standards and industry trends, and these standards and trends change. We suggest reading this pamphlet: "Your Old Books" (HERE), about how to appraise your book, and determine if your book would be a good candidate for preservation.
We feel it's more important to be concerned with proper archival preservation, and consider each book individually when making a decision. Talk to several conservators if needs be, and if you're an avid collector build a good relationship with a conservator you're comfortable with. Together you and your conservator will make the best decisions for your collection.
Q - Can you tell me the value of my rare or antique book?
A - We can give you a rough estimate, but we do not give official appraisals (yet). We can put you in-touch with trustworthy professional appraisers though, if you need one. Official appraisals are beneficial for insurance purposes, and if you need help determining the resell value, or the justification for conservation and restoration work. More often than not rare book values actually go up after proper conservation and/or restoration, but we suggest you talk to professional appraisers and/or conservationists (like us) before making any decisions regarding repair work. Check out our Resources & Links page to see a couple of appraisers we work with on a regular basis.
Q - How do I know if my book is rare or antique?
A - There is no across-the-board answer, but simply put a books rarity is determined by its scarcity, age, and demand by collectors.
Q - What is the difference between Conservation and Restoration?
A - Conservation aims to stabilize an object and prevent further deterioration. Restoration aims to return the object to it's former state, or original condition.
Q - Yours is a home-based business; are my books as safe there as at a brick and mortar store?
A - In reality your books are far safer here at our home; when the shop closes we're still here watching over your books. When your books are not being worked on, they are in a fire and water proof safe.
Q - I love your work, but I don't know you just yet, and I'm not quite comfortable going to your home, or shipping you my valuable book.
A - Not a problem! We're more than happy to meet you anywhere you'd like; our home, your home, or a corner cafe. We're also happy to put you in touch with current and/or past clients as a reference. We put a lot of ourselves in this website and our social media; click around our website to get to know us better, we try to be as transparent as possible.
Q - I don't live near you, can we still collaborate?
A - Absolutely! We have clients from all around the country! in fact, most of our work is not local. We work through the mail, over the phone, Facetime/Skype, and we don't mind traveling, we're no stranger to road trips!
Q - I want to pay my invoice with Pay Pal, can I?
A - Yes, of course you can. We're happy to email you a PayPal invoice for restoration or services at your request. (Our PayPal account email is, EidolonHouse@Gmail.com.) Our online web-store now accepts Paypal too!
These are just our most common questions, if you have more feel free to send us an email, or give us a call anytime.
See more about our professional background, experience, and education HERE.
See our Ethics in Conservation statement HERE.