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The book was stripped down
as there was some major restoration needed to some of the leaves. Hand marbled endpapers were made and then it was
re-sewn on raised cords with laced-in boards, this is called “flexible” sewing.
The book was full bound in a natural calf skin with 3 vegetable colours applied and blind tooled as a "Cambridge panelled calf" with an elaborate gilt panelled spine, 2 hand lettered red willow calf labels and the spine dated.
Here is an example of a 2 colour Bible binding!
This binding was the next job to follow, the original cover was a 19th century "For Promoting Christian Science" binding and quite restorable, but these days customers want something special to hand down, something that is going to last, just like 18th century binders did for 16th century books.
This was re-sewn on "sunken" cords with laced-in bevelled edged boards.