Wednesday, April 16, 2008

A couple more rebound books

I've done some more bookbinding - or rebinding really.
"African Notebook" by Norman E Hickman was published in 1969.  I removed the text block from the covers and chose to keep some of the pages with illustrations on them.  I included these when I sewed the newly cut acid free cartridge paper pages into a new text block.I also included the original title pages with copyright details and the original endpapers which still have the stamp of the RSL club that owned the book and held it in their library before I found it in at a book sale.
When I rebound it I strengthened the spine, added decorative black and white headbands and a ribbon page marker.  I also made a couple of envelopes which are now near the front and back of the book.  Really there are lots of journal, sketchbook or notebook uses for this lovely book, but I think it would make a fantastic travel journal for a trip to Africa.  It's for sale here in my Etsy shop.
But no, I didn't stop there!  I was having so much fun that I thought I'd finally get brave and see what I could do with this gorgeous 'Little Golden Book' I had found.  It isn't vintage, but I found it in a surprising way and place, so it seemed to me to be screaming to be rebound.
I managed to keep it's golden spine and all it's original pages.  I added them back into the new text block when I sewed it all together using coptic binding technique.  I used the same paper again for this book, acid free cartridge paper.  The original pages couldn't go back in order, but I think it just adds to the books quirkiness!

The illustrations are fantastic!  Just as I remember them.  And the book came with 'plastic bandages' (bandaids) fixed to the title page.  I was careful to leave them intact.  This will make such a fun journal!  It's for sale in my Etsy shop too!


Lindsay said...

You have given me a great idea with your repurposed books.I'm taking an artist's book class and just learned how to bind a coptic with 4 needles. Your books are lovely.

Hanna said...

Love recycled books so much and yours are lovely - I hope they will find new great homes. I have a golden book that I've teared pages from, I want to make it into a journal too! Wich I had learned the coptic binding in class! NOw I need to figure it out on my own. :-)

Jan said...

Thanks Lindsay and Hanna! I'd love to see your books. Lindsay - 4 needles!?!? Hanna - I taught myself from books and the internet, you'll be fine.

Alison said...

This is such fun. I have a stack of books to rebind but no time, no time.