Compleat Housewife 1739
This lovely old cook book had well used and had seen better days. It had been bound in a calf in the 18th century and the joints of binding had failed and it had been repaired crudely and the joints of this repair had also failed. The text was soiled, pages and pull out engravings were torn in places and the volume was missing a frontispiece.
Given the condition of the book it needed completely rebinding. The opportunity was taken to clean the pages and affect significant page repairs, including to the pull-out plates. A page and the frontispiece were replaced in facsimile. The book was resewn on hemp cords with linen thread and rebound in full calf in the manner of the 18th century English trade binding with a gilt spine. The pastedowns of the original binding had manuscript recipes on them and these were lifted and incorporated into the new endpapers.