Hand-stitched book binding
Book & Bible Repair, Restoration, & Custom Bindings

"When I undertake a repair or restoration, I strive to keep the book as close as can be to the condition it was published in. " — Paul Bélard

Bible Repair & Restoration

Restoration of a German Bible from 1870
The cover of the Bible above was entirely detached, dried out and the top of the spine was coming apart. I reattached the cover, dyed the leather and treated it with natural wax. Now, this circa 1870 Bible illustrated by Gustave Doré and others is ready to last another century. Click here for more examples.

Book Repair & Restoration

Restoration of a dictionary

This is a restoration project for the Strathmore Vanderbilt Country Club in Manhasset, NY. It consisted in replacing old fake leather spines on a door panel in their library with new one, including gilt titles and decorations. Click here to see more examples.

Custom Bookbinding

366 Days of Black History, Reginald F. Lewis

This book is titled 366 Days of Black History. A picture of Reginald F. Lewis, lawyer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, is inserted into the cover. In 1987, he acquired the food giant Beatrice Foods. He passed away too young in 1993 and the company was taken over by his wife, Loida Nicholas Lewis. The Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture opened in 2005 to honor his memory. Click here to see more examples.

The Bookbinding Process

Bookbinding by hand

See some of the tools of the trade involved in the binding of a book from start to finish. Click here for a quick tour.

The Illustrated Newspaper

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper

Frank Leslie’s Illustrated Newspaper was a news magazine founded in 1852 with continued publication well into the 20th century. At the start of the Civil War, its circulation had reached 164,000 and was also published in German. Click here to see their illustrations and woodcuts

The Golden Age of Bookbinding

The Golden Age of Bookbinding

See some fine examples of hand-stitched, hand-dyed leather covers and spines from the Golden Age of bookbinding.

References:

  • Complete Traveler Book Shop, New York City
  • D. Von Bothmer, Curator of Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Nelson Doubleday, Editor and Owner of the Mets
  • Bob Brier, American Egyptologist & Senior Research Fellow at CW Post
  • CW Post Library, Special Collections
  • R.F. Lewis Museum of African American History, Maryland
  • Pat Conroy, Author (Prince of tides, Beach Music, The Great Santini).
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Seawanhaka Yacht Club, Oyster Bay, NY
  • Association of Descendants of the Mayflower
  • Book Revue Book Store, Huntington, NY
  • Strathmore Vanderbilt Country Club, Manhasset, NY
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