Bible Repair & Restoration

More than other book, Bibles are family heirlooms. They often contain the records of the main events of several generations: birth, communion, wedding, death. As such, they are treasures. I have restored Bibles dating from the 1600’s.

Missing or broken spines, torn pages, worn out leather, detached or missing covers: most defects can be corrected. I strive to restore the bible as much as possible to its original condition.

The cover of the Bible above was entirely detached. It was also very dried out, scuffed in some areas and the top of the spine was coming apart. I reattached the cover, dyed the leather where required and treated it. After a coat of natural wax, this circa 1870 Bible illustrated by Gustave Doré and others was ready to last another couple of centuries.
This Bible was published in the 1950’s. For some odd reason, it had oversized covers that eventually broke at the corners and came apart from the spine as the simile leather dried out. I replaced the covers, framed them with genuine leather and used the same leather on the spine. I saved the picture in front, as well as the titled section of the spine and the end papers. With proper care, this Bible will now last for generations.
This German bible had detached covers and lacked the end papers. The cover was reattached and new end papers inserted. This Bible has a fore-edge painting (see gallery for more on fore-edge paintings) and the end papers match its color scheme.
This French Bible had lost its covers and spine. A brand new binding was created.
This is another Bible which was published in the 1950’s. Its oversized covers broke at the corners and came apart from the spine. They had been reattached with tape. I replaced the spine and the covers which I framed with leather that matched the original cover design. I managed to save the picture in front, as well as the back and the titled section of the spine. I had some trouble removing the tape and the glue residue (as a rule, do not use tape to repair books), but was pleased with the result. With proper care, this Bible will now last for a few more generations.
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