Paul Tronson - Master Bookbinder
Period Fine Bindings
A Master Bookbinder - restoring antiquarian books, Bibles and objets de virtu to period using original tools and techniques.
An expert at creating and recreating authentic traditional bindings using old materials and ancient formulae. Significant & considerable experience in the restoration of ‘lost’ or ‘fatally’ damaged work from the 10th to 19th Century; vellum, parchment, illuminated manuscripts and scrolls.
A few significant achievements include:
Restoring a rare copy of the 'Holy Alphabet,' (1496) found exposed to the elements in the roof-space of a medieval building. Restoring 16th Century materials to bind the book thereby re-constructing an original binding using original materials.
Rescuing three 12th Century Psalters found submerged in a flooded church crypt, stripping down, re-sizing, full restoration and rebinding to museum presentation condition.
Successfully lifting a 15th Century parchment in Hebrew from it’s mounting on glass, repairing the tears and matching text and illustrations to near original condition.
Hand-making paper to rebuild partly missing plates and pages, knitting fibres together to create invisible repairs, stain removal and restoration of a 1st ed King James Bible resulting in authentic refurbishment to near original condition.
Restored 10th Century Codex to museum condition.
Developed unique formulae from plant extracts for the safe removal of stains such as foxing/mold, ink, crayon, biro, damp/water stains and many more, that do not compromise the fibres of the paper or medium. Sticky tape removal without the use of solvents.
Incunabula and antiquarian books for sale & restoration. Rare books bought, sold and appraised.
This article will partly reveal more of the level Paul works at.
Paul also builds and restores small private investment libraries. The return on investment is around 12.4% per year so It is very important to have an expert in traditional bookbinding look after your treasures.
Remember...............William Blades in his 1880 edition of "The Enemies of Books" listed the #1 enemy as........ "the bookbinder"..........
Period Fine Bindings © Paul Tronson 1996-2012
Site Design by Margaret Stead 1996
Did you know that Oak Bay was first seen by Europeans in 1790 when the Spanish sailed into the Strait of Juan de Fuca and noted Gonzales Hill? Since those times, Oak Bay has had a reputation as a charming neighbourhood with a genteel atmosphere, influenced by the British but uniquely Oak Bay. My rare book shop and bookbinding workshop now resides on uptown Oak Bay Avenue. Contact me by phone +1 (internationally) 778 433 5007 or email email@example.com