BOOK RESTORATION & CONSERVATION

Give new life to an old book

TURN BACK
TIME

Our Restoration and Conservation service involves repairing any style of book in leather, cloth or paper, with the aim of creating a book that can safely be handled while still retaining its original look and style.

Most common book damage is spine and board detachment. Boards can be re-attached using linen, then the original covering material is carefully lifted and a closely matching material is placed underneath. The original spine is then replaced on top so that the repair is as unobtrusive as possible.

If the text block is damaged, sections can be repaired and resewn, or tears repaired using specialised Japanese papers. Very acidic pages can be washed to remove the acid and lined with very thin spider tissue for strength. Endbands and endpapers can also be resewn, repaired, or replaced. We can also make boxes or slip cases from matching materials if required. 

Please do get in touch if you require more information on the bookbinding services we offer, though based in Berkshire we serve the whole of the UK.

RESTORATION
Book Repair in Berkshire
Bookbinder in Berkshire

Paperbound book in original form. Spine shows a previous card repair that lifted easily using a paste compress

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Separated sections showing damage to folds at spine

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Sections (repaired using Japanese tissue and wheatstarch paste) ready for sewing

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Sections sewn onto tapes and endpapers attached

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Rounded text block

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Rounded and backed

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Book cased into new case (as specified by client)

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Finished book showing gold tooling on spine

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BOOK REPAIR
Book Repair in Reading
Book Repair in Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Previous cloth repair stuck onto spine and front board

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Stain left by previous cloth repair and adhesive on front board

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Damaged spine and detached back board

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Discolouration and damage from previous repair

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Previous repair putting strain on endpaper and front board

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Previous repair showing some attempt to match endpapers but thick paper shows through underneath

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Endpapers after repair

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Back board showing new spine leather inlaid under old

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Front board after rebinding

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Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire
Bracadale Books - Reading, Berkshire

Repaired book showing spine with new label

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