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We specialise in repairing and restoring Bibles


A Family Bible in poor condition

The Transformation of a Bible

Watch the images on the left, as they scroll through. Note the contrast from the poor to the restored condition for each Bible.

No matter what condition your Bible or any other book for that matter, we can transform it to it's near original condition.

To do this we remove the front and rear boards, unless they were already detached.. Then we remove the endpapers from the block and with a paring knife, then we remove the pasted down endpaper from the boards. Next we attach new endpapers to the block.

We then carefully run a very sharp knife underneath the leather edge of the detached boards in order to glue new leather underneath and around the spine.Gold block new title "Holy Bible" is the next process. The spine is reinforced with thin card, we then create an "Oxford Hollow" for spine. Paste down end papers and clean all brass back to bright metal, glue new spine with boards to book block.

The final steps in the process is to attach a new gold label, paste wash all leather and allow to dry, then use book varnish on all leather and brass areas. The whole process takes approximately seven hours.

The intrigue about this 1st edition "Pickwick Papers (Abroad)"

Front cover of "Pickwick Abroad" in poor condition

There is an interesting story behind this very interesting and rare 1839 antique 1st edition book restoration. As you may well know Charles Dickens was the writer of "Pickwick Papers".

Charles Dickens wrote "Pickwick Papers in 1837 and two years later G.W.M. Reynolds released his book also called "Pickwick Abroad. This took the literary world by storm, as this was an early example of plagiarism and copywrite theft.

G.W.M. Reynolds took the characters invented and penned by Charles Dickens and wrote his own version of the Pickwick Papers". As you can guess this book is very rare and was part of intrigue, espionage and mystery.