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  • 17th Century Dutch Bible
    The original binding was split along the joints with some water damage. New hemp cords were sewn in and threaded into the wooden boards. The spine was temporarily removed, the book rebacked in calf, and the spine replaced. Missing blind tooling reinstated.
  • Historical Description of Dorset

    Historical Description of Dorset 1803 Originally badly damaged along spine, corners and edges, this binding required many hours of careful restoration. All the edges and corners were repaired first. After rebacking, the original spine was relaid and missing tooling patched in.
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John trained at The London School of Printing many moons ago. Twenty-eight years later and now based in Leamington Spa, he concentrates on conservation binding although he does indulge in the odd foray into design binding.

John was awarded First Prize in the SoB International Competition 2007 in the Restored/Conserved Book category.