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Rebacking – Attaching a New Book Spine

The last part of rebacking your hardcover book using Method One is Attaching the New Spine Cloth to the Text Block Position the spine so the glued-down part of the turn-ins are centered on the text block spine, even with the top and bottom of the book boards. Mark the edges of the replacement spine cloth on the cover board. Put a strip of waste paper on the cover, lined up with the marks and glue from the waste paper toward the spine of the text…

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Rebacking – Constructing a Replacement Spine

Having prepared the spine area of your book (previous posts), we can now use Method One to Reback With Book Cloth On The Outside Of The Original Book Cloth.   Constructing the Replacement Book Cloth Spine Make measurement A (the thickness of the text block from shoulder to shoulder). Add 1” to each side of the spine width in measurement A. Measure the height of the text block (Measurement B) and 1 l/2” to measurement B. Transfer measurement A and B to…

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Rebacking – Lining the Text Block Spine

Now that you have removed the original spine, we continue with Method 1 for rebacking a hardcover book. Lining the Text Block Spine When the book cloth spine is removed, examine the paper spine liner attached to the text block. This paper spine liner consolidates the signatures of the text block and helps evenly distribute the stress of opening the book. Many modern book manufacturers do use enough paper liners or a good quality of paper to line the spine. In many…

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Rebacking – Preparing the Book

In this post and the next few, I will cover Rebacking a Hardcover Book – Method 1 (outside the original book cloth). PREPARING YOUR BOOK TO BE REBACKED Remove the Original Book Cloth Spine If the print or decoration on the spine is legible, save the spine to glue to the new book cloth spine. If the print or decoration is not legible, discard the spine after it is removed. Carefully remove the original spine if it is still attached…

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Recovering a HardBack Book | Rebacking a Case Bound Book

Books with worn cloth joints or loose, flapping spines can be repaired by replacing the original book cloth spine. Before rebacking a book, check the condition of the original crash in the hinge area. If more than l/4 of the crash’s total height is broken, replace it before rebacking the book. That procedure is covered in a separate post. Two methods of rebacking are covered on this website – each in a separate post. The first method, REBACKING WITH BOOK CLOTH ON THE OUTSIDE…

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Repairing the Spine of a Book – Part 6

GLUING DOWN THE ENDPAPERS AND TIGHTENING THE HINGES Use the rounded end of a microspatula to feed glue between the lifted endpapers and the cover boards. Feed the glue all the way down to the point where the end papers are still attached to the board and into the hinge area. Use a folder to work the end papers into position, working from the center of the end paper toward the edge of the book board. Wipe away any excess glue that is worked out. Apply glue…

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Repairing the Spine of a Book – Part 5

TUCKING IN THE REPAIR PATCH TURNING IN UNDER THE END PAPER Before applying any glue to the repair patch turn-in, fold it in position to make sure the patch is placed correctly. Starting on either edge of the repair patch, carefully begin to tuck the turn-in into the space between the end paper and the board. As one side is tucked in, the rest of the turn-in will follow. With the entire patch tucked in place, gently crease the top edge of the patch…

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Repairing the Spine of a Book – Part 4

GLUING THE REPAIR PATCH IN PLACE IMPORTANT: Read through the instructions for gluing the repair patch in place before beginning this procedure. It is important to understand when and where to apply the glue; if the repair is glued in the wrong order, it’s possible to be “glued into a corner”, needing to glue something that is already covered by another part of the repair. In modern book case construction, the spine of the book cloth and the spine of…

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Repairing the Spine of a Book – Part 3

FITTING THE REPAIR PATCH TO THE BOOK   Slip the repair patch in place between the original book cloth and the book board. Make sure the patch is long enough and wide enough to cover the damaged area. Use the long edge of a folder to work the patch into both cover joints. Take a moment to check the position of the patch. The new book cloth patch should lie flat against the book boards and spine of the text block. There should not be any wrinkles…

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Repairing the Spine of a Book – Part 2

PREPARING THE BOOK FOR REPAIR Support the book with another book or a stack of boards. Use an X-acto knife and ruler to cut through the book cloth turn-in along the edge of the endpapers at the head of the book. The cut should be 1 – 2” long. At the outer edge of the first cut (the end away from the spine), make a 90 degree cut across the book cloth from the edge of the endpaper to the top of the book board. Use a knife…

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