As usual the in-situ books arrived in the studio this week and work began on quick fixes and box-making. I came across these two books quite near each other, but they could not be more different.
The first one was a gorgeous binding sewn on double cords, with shaped wooden boards, covered in alum tawed and finished off with metal clasps. In other words, this baby was built to last. Although the leather has pulled away from the boards (a common feature in this collection) and the original clasps are broken the book on the whole is in pretty good condition.
At the other end of the spectrum is this book, sewn on single cords, with pulpy floppy boards and covered in paper. Not exactly the strongest of structures. Who knows whether this was a temporary binding or the finished product, but one thing is for sure, it has not fared as well as the previous book.
Luckily both are now safe in their own boxes where they will hopefully stay to prevent further damage and preserve their historical structures.