Bookbinding & Book Restoration - Bibles:
Full restoration of the Bible starts with carefully releasing the cover from the Bible, removing the linings from the spine of the Bible and then breaking down the sewing to the original sections in order to make necessary repairs, remove any stains or re-size brittle or damp sheets.
Once stripped the total damage of the Bible can be assessed for restoration before making the hand marbled endpapers It is also necessary to determine what kind of glue was used in the original binding of the Bible in order to successfully separate the sections.
With the leaves of the Bible all restored it is then marked out for sewing, in this case the
Bible was sewn on sunken cords, but they were cut off and not laced into
the boards as the style required a hollowback and 'pseudo split boards' where an extra leaf is wrapped around the spine of the Bible to form a tongue which is inserted into the split board.