book hinge repair

Photocopying Endpapers for Repair

endpapersDamaged endpapers can be photocopied and sewn to the text block. The endpapers can be copied as an entire page (pastedown and fly leaf on one page ) or in two parts (pastedown and fly leaf copied separately), then hinged together.

Color photocopying is an option for damaged endpapers printed with maps that include color keys or route lines which do not reproduce well in black and white.
The quality of a photocopy depends on the original image. Line drawings reproduce well while halftones or photographic images can be tricky. Using a lighter photocopy setting or copying through a halftone screen can improve some images.
All replacement photocopies should be made on acid-free bond aper. Papers designated as cream, natural or toned tend to blend in with older paper better than white paper.
Test the grain of the photocopy paper. The grain of the finished endpaper should run parallel to the spine of the book. Lay the endpaper to be copied on the copier glass. The grain of the paper and the grain of the endpaper should be parallel. Close the lid or lay paper on the glass to mask the copier glass and avoid dark borders on the copy.
Copy large endpapers in two parts. Hinge the two pieces together using the technique in Hinging Pages. When the doublesheet endpaper is dry, carefully trim it to size.
Use link stitch to attach the photocopied endpaper to the text block. Sew the endpaper to at least three adjacent signatures.