Betty gets all dolled up for her photoshoot. I tend to nickname my special custom bindings. I’ve had Oscar, Sutherland, and Jessamyn grace the stage, and now Betty takes up the limelight. The textural characteristics of the goatskin is a testament to the life of the animal, and the quality of the leather is a testament to a multigenerational family business. Thank you @pergamenany for what you do. This leather was a pleasure to use. I can’t wait to share more photos, but this will have to do until she’s been presented. Stay tuned! 📓🖤 #blackbetty
And the binding is complete! As with everything on this book, save for the interior, this maker’s mark is tooled in blind to match the minimal aesthetics of the black on black on black binding. Check back soon for photos of the big reveal!
Sometimes you can find some neat things hidden in the spine and under the covers of books. This book came into my shop for some necessary repairs. At some point in the 19th century the book went back to a bindery to be repaired. The restorer lined the spine with some late 19th century handwritten sheet music. Under that is the fragmented remains of the original 18th century spine. When I opened up the boards I found some decently preserved advetisements.
Gonna try a video for a change of pace Although I hate the smell of the old hide glue, it is always satisfying to remove it all. In order to make the process easier and not damage the individual sections of the book I use a gel called laponite. Using a healthy amount I brush it on to the glue and paper that I couldn't remove when dry. After letting it sit for a while under a piece of plastic wrap I can just use a bone folder to clean the mess off. From there I can reline the spine with Japanese paper and carry on with the repair.