Mid – 18th Century Binding
Anyone who does any amount of repair work has seen something like this many times but I am always pleased to see one again.
So much can be learned from its success and failures.
The spine leather and paste have completely deteriorated leaving what might be called an early prototype (though not nearly so elegant) for Chris Clarkson’s adhesiveless binding.
The sewing thread and sewing supports are intact and the book remains fully functional. The owner had wanted it rebacked and everything pasted back in place but instead it will be boxed as is.
Though the text is neither rare nor valuable I still think it good to save these simple but complex machines whenever possible.