This book is something
of a collector’s item and is fairly valuable. The mould was
at such an advanced stage that the cover and the endpapers were
taken off at once and disposed of. There was some mould damage
to the inner pages, so the mould was brushed off each page and
the book stood up open to dry off completely.
After the book
had been pressed for a few days it was ready for rebinding. The
endpapers were of a type that matched the original and new boards
were attached to the book. The headbands were resewn and
the leather and bookcloth chosen to be as near the original as
Although it was impossible to copy the spine tooling
exactly, the patterns of the raised bands, the lines across the
spine, the lettering and the large central tool design followed
the original style.
AND BEAUTIFUL MUSIC
The owner is an accomplished
pianist and was worried that it was not possible to salvage these
four volumes, as some of the music is now unavailable.
covers were beyond rescue, but the inner pages were usable, despite
some discolouring due to mould. The pages were brushed
and the books stood up to dry thoroughly before pressing. The
covers were remade in a suitable colour and the titles retooled.