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Re: [BKARTS] original endpapers

Depends on the paper and your experience. Tell us more about the book. If you are discarding the original boards (perhaps saving the covering) the endpapers can very often be soaked off. Clay coated / very thin papers such as those often found on 19th century books can often be problematic. If you're retaining the original boards, you'll want to lift them along the spine side, and only enough so that you can get any new hinge/spine reinforcements in. Remember you don't have to go in far.

Patience is essential for both, and if doing the latter a very sharp knife - paring knives work great, but you'll likely never be able to use it for leather again. Get several...

With more information more can be provided.


At 03:37 PM 10/20/2005, you wrote:
Dear Book People:
  Someone asked me about recasing a book but preserving the original
endpapers.  Does anyone know how this is done?  Is there material in the
archives about it?


Peter D. Verheyen
Bookbinder & Conservator, PA - AIC
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