Early 18th Century English 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 because much can be learned from its success and failures.
The spine leather and paste have completely disintegrated 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, the book remains fully functional, and while the owner had initially wanted it rebacked and everything glued back in place instead it will be allowed to just be old and beautiful and boxed as is.

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