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    1. A late 17th Century Bible, bound in calfskin leather and needing some TLC...

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    2. The book's cover is carefully cut away, revealing the pages for further damage inspection...

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    3. Each page is checked carefully for folds, tears and other blemishes then repaired with Japanese Mending Paper where necessary...

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    4. In old books, acid can build up on the pages and cause damage. It is therefore important to neutralise it. Using a pH indicator, the Book's pages are checked for the effects of acidity and a neutralising agent with a Calcium buffer solution is applied to the pages as appropriate, restoring the pH to a neutral level and maintaining it there for years to come...

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    5. The neutrailising buffer solution is re-applied until the pH of the book is restored to neutral....

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    6. With the book block now repaired, a suitable piece of newly sourced Calfskin leather is prepared and pasted to the book's new cover in the traditional manner...


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    7. The book is now gathered between pH-neautral boards and covered in the new piece of Calfskin...

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    8. Once the Calfskin has been turned in and mitred, all the turnings on the face sides and face edges are moulded and shaped...

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    9. The book is placed between neutral pH greyboards to assist in the drying process. It is then left to settle for two days...

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    10. The book's joints are now 'sharpened up' by hand and put under tension with a Sizel string...

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    11. Now the tricky bit! Setting the head caps - this is where we stretch and mould the leather around the head of the book for protection...

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    12. Moulding by hand with a folder...

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    13. Shaping with a Cobbler's Hammer...

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    14. Again, shaping with a Cobbler's Hammer...

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    15. ...the final touches....

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    16. Weights - the book is placed between two pH neutral boards and placed under weight while the glue dries....

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    17. ...two days have passed and the book is nearly ready for the final finishing stage...


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    18. As the book is a fastback, a jointed end-paper is applied for ease-of-use and strength...

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    19. The Final Decoration - a new decoration is applied to the book which closely resembles the original in every way - in this case, the original 'Cambridge Window' design is reproduced and an antique roll closest to the original design is sourced and used to roll a design into the newly dampened leather of the front and back covers...

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    20. The Final Decoration - a new decoration is applied to the book which closely resembles the original in every way - in this case, the original 'Cambridge Window' design is reproduced and an antique roll closest to the original design is sourced and used to roll a design into the newly dampened leather of the front and back covers...

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    21. The Final Decoration - a new decoration is applied to the book which closely resembles the original in every way - in this case, the original 'Cambridge Window' design is reproduced and an antique roll closest to the original design is sourced and used to roll a design into the newly dampened leather of the front and back covers...

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    22. The Final Decoration - a new decoration is applied to the book which closely resembles the original in every way - in this case, the original 'Cambridge Window' design is reproduced and an antique roll closest to the original design is sourced and used to roll a design into the newly dampened leather of the front and back covers...

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    23. The Final Decoration - a new decoration is applied to the book which closely resembles the original in every way - in this case, the original 'Cambridge Window' design is reproduced and an antique roll closest to the original design is sourced and used to roll a design into the newly dampened leather of the front and back covers...

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    24. The Final Decoration - a new decoration is applied to the book which closely resembles the original in every way - in this case, the original 'Cambridge Window' design is reproduced and an antique roll closest to the original design is sourced and used to roll a design into the newly dampened leather of the front and back covers...

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    25. The Final Decoration - a new decoration is applied to the book which closely resembles the original in every way - in this case, the original 'Cambridge Window' design is reproduced and an antique roll closest to the original design is sourced and used to roll a design into the newly dampened leather of the front and back covers...

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    26. The final Magnum Opus....

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    26. The final Magnum Opus.... fully restored, de-acidified and preserved by Walkers Bookbinders for many years to come!


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