Book and Paper Conservation Services is frequently contacted about restoring family bibles that have seen years of wear over many generations. These items are of great sentimental value to the owners, often containing inscriptions by ancestors and records of births, deaths and marriages. While their market value might be insignificant, the sentimental importance can easily justify the cost of conservation of family heirlooms, and we treat them with just as much care and professionalism as fine art conserved for museums and galleries.
This Holy Bible, published 1817, recently came through our studio for repair. With years of use, the boards had become detached and the endpapers and preliminary pages suffered tears, creases and surface dirt.
Restoring a book like this involves many steps, including surface cleaning the pages, paper repair of the endpapers and preliminary pages, repair/replacement of endbands, reattaching the boards, and rebacking the spine with new leather to repair the board joints. It's a very time-consuming process, but extremely satisfying to see the book restored to a stable and usable state at the end of the treatment.
The finished Bible is solid and usable once again. In its restored state it is an attractive volume that holds great sentimental value to the owner's family. Book and Paper Conservation Services is pleased to have preserved this family heirloom for many more generations to appreciate.
If you have family heirlooms like bibles, albums or photographs that you are interested in having restored, don't hesitate to get in touch with our studio. There is no charge for an estimate and we are happy to work on projects both big and small. Take a look through our gallery of rare book conservation treatments as well!