With years of handling and use, leather-bound books inevitably break down and begin to deteriorate. These books often become brittle with age causing hinges to crack, spines to chip, and covers to go missing. At Restoration Books, we pay special attention when selecting period and archival materials to repair and restore your leather-bound books. We go to great lengths to match, as closely as possible, the texture, tone, and finish of the original leather that we are repairing. Often times, in the restoration of leather-bound books, the reproduction of period-style gold and blind tooling is also required. We have a wide selection of engraved brass tools and dies to replicate historic designs spanning over five centuries. For the occasional design element that we are not able to match with our tools on hand, we work closely with several University archives to research binding styles and design and produce custom tools and dies. In addition to the repair and restoration of missing leather, we utilize numerous conservation treatments to restore old, brittle, and powdery leather to its original supple state, allowing you to handle your books safely for years to come.
"What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books." —Thomas Carlyle