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Does anyone know anyone who does book binding?
Many thanks. Louise

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Pete the Pong, Karl Robinson, Me (only occasionally though) Doesn't Lord High Everything Else do binding too? Must be half a dozen others at least. What are you after?

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A guy I know has a family heirloom book that needs doing. He has had it for a while now but has never been able to afford the prices that shops have quoted so I thought maybe someone on here does it at reasonable prices and makes a good job.

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rebinding is potentially a bit different from bookbinding from scratch as there is often damage to be conserved, it does sadly mean that its a little bit more specialised and often fairly expensive. All depends on the age and condition of the original pages

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I thought it might be but figured I would try anyway. Why don't people just look after books in the first place? Can't understand how some people can treat them. They are just as important as photo albums in my opinion. Treasures.

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sally wrote:it does sadly mean that its a little bit more specialised and often fairly expensive.
Indeed- people not realising this is, is why my dad is now a supermarket manager and no longer a bookbinder/conservator :(

If you can't afford to get the book redone then getting a protective slipcase is often a reasonable compromise in terms of protection and cost.
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Second what Phil said about book binders/conservators and his advice is very sound.

Just to add that if it is too fragile to be put in a slip case - i.e. damaged binding, pages loose, then a good alternative is to wrap it in acid free tissue paper and place it is an acid free cardboard box. Conservation grade storage stuff can be sourced online.
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Hi

Will Styles bookbinder and Jolly Box Man here. I agree about the slip case.

What you need is a book box (no not a Jolly Box), made out of card and backed in leather or book cloth depending on your budget.

This should be tightly fitting, so made to measure.

I have just made one to contain a lovely facsimile Bible I have just bound.

I made the box to keep the bible pristine.

The other issue is that by rebinding an old book you may be destroying some of the market value of the book which is driven by the keen book collectors who want things in the original condition.
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