Limp-paper conservation bindings

I made these models of limp-paper conservation bindings in 2015 at West Dean College during a course given by Sonja Schwoll (associate tutor, Conservation of Books and Library Materials at West Dean College).

These conservation bindings were inspired by limp-vellum bindings and were developed in the 20th century in England by conservators such as Christopher Clarkson.

For this model, the sewing was an all-along pattern made on thin cords. The spine was pasted with wheat starch before rounding and backing.

The cover was made with a folded carton. The first model was made in one piece; the second in three pieces, with two pieces being added as reinforcement for the boards.

 

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