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Pride and Prejudice, 1940

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Edited: Nov 19, 2011, 5:03am Top

Dear Devotees,
I have received the LEC PaP, bought some weeks ago for less than $50, but with a missing spine and damaged corners. The two flats are quit good and the inside is perfect.
See pics here:

Before I bring it to the binder, I would like to have you (professional) advices on how to deal with the new binding?
1. Complete new cloth binding, with flowers, etc. (no mickey mouse please)
2. Complete new binding with plain neutral leather
3. Repair the corners and put a new spine (cloth, buckram, leather, vellum, etc.)
4. Try to have a spine made similar to the original one, based on picture (cost probably 5 times the price of a perfect copy!)
5. Quarter cloth binding.

Thanks to all for your contribution!

Nov 26, 2011, 10:39am Top

The first thing you should do is find the right binder. I have fired four binders before finding one who could do the job. From the samples offered by your prospective binder, you should be able to choose the appropriate one. I set as my standard a binder who could use the Harmatan Nigerian goatskin in either a half leather binding or a full leather binding. Books which were small, such as the 1938 Madame Bovary, or already had a leather binding, I wanted to use a full leather binding. To keep my books uniform, I chose to use at least a half leather binding. The Nigerian goatskin is the best leather binding to use and would be sure to satisfy collectors for 2 to 3 generations.

With your book, you should be able to use a full leather binding. Also, so you don't overdue it, you can cut down on the blind stamping and perhaps use one a little cleaner. All book collectors have different tastes, so those are my primary recommendations.

I have rebound all of my books as above, and I have rebound 21 titles or 22 books as above. I have drawn pictures of what I wanted for each book. I will wind up with aproximately 65 titles or about 70 books when completed.

Don't forget the end page treatment. You can get many end page treatments from Talas out of NY, and you can have them ship the paper to your binder. Page end treatment should also be considered. I have had page ends marblized, gilded in 22 K gold, and painted or speckled.

A full-leather treatment should run you about $500 in total. I am going to do the book you are considering eventually. I will do it in full leather with new endpages. I will trim all page ends and regild the top pages. When you get your book done, I would like to see it. My e-mail address is donald.floyd1741@att.net if you would like to send me a picture. I will do the same for you. I am currently designing how I want my copy of of the 2-volume Moby Dick rebound. I will use a plain crimson goatskin with gold titling and simple blind tooling. The end pages will be from the Ann Muir collection sold by Talas. The page ends will be marblized.

A full leather binding should bring you at least $600 if you should wish to sell it, so you can see you should be at least able to stay level with expenditures equaling your sales price.

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