Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Rebacking Audubon's Quadrupeds

Here's a very nice example of a blind-tooled set from the late 1800's: minimal use of gold on the front cover, with a little more bling around the marbled pastedowns inside. Though we'd often reuse the original spines, this three volume set's were missing or in pieces and it was an easy decision to start fresh. Morocco sides were lifted along a tooled line and new spines were built of matching brown goatskin. The use of simple lines without gold is a great look and aesthetically places this rebound set right back where they started from.

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