endpaper repair

endpapers

Attaching the Endpapers

Endpapers can be attached to the text block in several ways. The two most common methods of attaching endpapers are either by sewing or by tipping them to the text block.   Sewing Endpapers To The Text Block Use link stitch to attach the endpaper to the text block. Sew the endpaper to at least three adjacent signatures. Tipping Endpapers Onto The Text Block Using the masking technique in Tipping In Pages, apply a l/4” line of glue to the folded edge…

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Replacing Endpapers

If either or both endpapers are damaged and do not contain special or unique information, it may be easier to replace them with new endpapers. Most text paper is not truly white so use an off-white or cream colored paper to blend in with the text block. Many text blocks are not really square so it can be easier to trim the end sheet to fit the text block after it is attached to the text block. Fold the endpaper, and lay it in…

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Lifting the Pastedown

If the information on the endpapers cannot be saved by constructing a new endpaper or photocopying, the pastedown can sometimes be mechanically lifted off the cover board or soaked off in water. Use a microspatula or sharp knife to carefully lift the fly leaf off the cover board. This procedure works best when the glue under the pastedown has dried and the pastedown is only loosely attached to the cover board. Some pastedowns can be removed by soaking the endpaper and cover board in water. The…

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Photocopying Endpapers for Repair

Damaged 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…

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Constructing a Double Spread Endpaper

When the front and back endpapers show the same information or picture, the fly leaf of each endpaper can be used to construct one complete  endpaper. The constructed endpaper is usually attached to the front of the text block.   Separate the fly leaf from the pastedown. If the hinge area is weak, the fly leaf can be separated by gently pulling it away from the pastedown; if the paper in the hinge is in good condition, cut it away. Check the alignment of…

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Endpaper Repairs

The first pages at the front and back of the text block are called the endpapers. The main function of the endpapers is to protect the text block from dirt and damage, but endpapers can also be decorative or informative. Most endsheets consist of two to four leaves – the pastedown which is glued to the cover board and the leaves that turn freely called the fly leaves. Most commercially bound volumes use two page endpapers that are sewn or glued to the text block.…

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