Natvralis Historiae - 1635
This beautiful little book was printed in Leiden in 1635 by the famous Elzevir press and was in a contemporary vellum binding. The binding had become separated from the book block entirely and the original endbands were broken in one case and lost in the other. The book block was otherwise solid. It was interesting during the course of conservation to see the structure behind the cover, revealed some pieces of early printer's waste used to strengthen the spine and attach the boards to the block.
This was a relatively simple repair, the pieces of binder's waste were removed and were replaced with new spine strengtheners, this is conjunction with a piece of Japanese tissue running across the spine and under the pastedowns, created new joints and reattached the cover to the block. Beforehand new endbands were sewn.