Reback or rebind

Posted by bookends
Last updated 24th May 2021
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    • What is a reback?

      A reback is the most conservation lead option as you retain as much of the original material as possible. This process involves ‘lifting’ the covering material be it cloth, leather or paper. A new spine/hollow is created and new material is used to cover the spine, this is then attached under the original board material. Any of the original spine or labels can then be relayed onto the binding or tooling and lettering can be replicated.

    • What is a rebind?

      A rebinding involves removing the pages/book block and creating a new case or cover for the book. This can involve using a similar material to the original binding and labels, lettering and tooling can be matched so it looks like the original binding. This process is usually for books that are too damaged to be rebacked.

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