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More About Book Restoration: Rebacking

Rebacking is the process of replacing the book's spine.

If a spine is damaged beyond repair, the next option (before creating an entirely new cover) is to reback the book. A new spine is made, but the original front and back covers retained.

If possible, the original spine is then glued over the new structurally sound spine, allowing the new binding to look as close to the original as possible.


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An 18th century volume is rebacked in leather. Jamie is using a bone folder to shape the newly attached leather.

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"Ogilby's Asia," 1673, is ready to receive its new spine. On the right is the newly rebacked book.