Sarum Breviary 1557
This book dates from the reign of Mary Tudor and was printed in 1557 by a Parisian printer as part of the reequipping of the Catholic Church in England. When it came to us it had no binding to protect it; the cords had gone, but the sewing thread was still in place.
As this book had long been without a binding, the front and back gatherings had become damaged and dirty and the first part of the treatment was to remove the thread, clean the book thoroughly and undertake a moderate amount of page repairs. The folds of each quire had become torn and these were guarded with Japanese tissue. The block was resewn onto hemp cord with linen thread & new endbands were worked in linen thread which had been dyed with Brazilwood and Walnut. The final part of the work on this book was to was to cover it in Calf, which we dyed with Walnut. Then the book was blind tooled it and in that decorative work we have attempted to emulate the bindings produced in Oxford in the middle of the 16th-century. The block of this scarce book is now safe for generations and in a binding that is stylistically sympathetic,