In my previous blog post, I discussed how I developed the option of a leather-lined soft-covered Bible. This is really the ultimate soft-covered Bible and is both supple and strong.
To introduce and promote this option, I am offering a special on it for the rest of August. During this period, a leather-lined binding will be available for R500 (usual price R550). That includes having the words “Holy Bible” or “The Bible” (or similar) gold-foiled on the spine, but additional foiling and other additional features will be extra. To arrange to have your Bible rebound like this, please contact me here.
It’s probably obvious that a fair amount of my binding work involves rebinding Bibles. Personal Bibles that are much-read and cherished will invariably suffer a certain amount of wear and tear, and many of them are not that well-bound in the first place (for advice on buying a new Bible, see this post). However, many of the people who want their Bibles rebound want them rebound in a soft-cover binding. I was initially not terribly keen on this, having been trained more to do hard-cover binding. Moreover, I wasn’t terribly happy with the method of soft-cover binding that I had learnt from a colleague – even though clients seemed perfectly happy with their rebound Bibles.
Then a couple of years ago I started following online discussions on Bible rebinding and saw that the latest trend, at least in the USA, was for leather-lined Bibles. I was initially wary of this, but I confess that the idea did rather grow on me. And after trying my first leather-lined soft-cover (sometimes affectionately called yoga Bibles due to the contortions that their suppleness allows) I was rather hooked. Okay, I still like good hard-covers, but if you are going to have a Bible rebound as a soft-cover, I would strongly recommend paying a little extra and having it leather-lined.
I have been honing my technique on this in the last couple of weeks, and have adapted some of the methods used by US binders. I am finally happy with my method and am now adding this to the binding options I offer, which you can find out more about here.
Here are some photos of my most recent yoga Bible. It has hand-stitched headbands, blind foiling on the inside edges, and paste paper endpages.
Over the last few years, I have been repeatedly asked to rebind rather large Roman Catholic altar missals and lectionaries. It all started in 2012 when I was approached by a priest asking me for help with his almost new altar missal that was already coming apart. On closer inspection it turned out that it had been very badly bound, and it was hardly surprising that I was to be asked to rebind several more of these books over the years.
I developed a sturdy leather binding that could support such a large book, with extra thick boards, an additional layer of mull, and a hollow on the spine, and with a simple embossed Cross on the front cover.
More recently, I have been asked to rebind Catholic lectionaries. These are also large books, but they appear to have been better bound than the missals and to have lasted longer before needing repair. However, their binding is still rather flimsy for such a heavy book that is often used, and so some parishes have opted to have had them rebound while still new.
Here are some photos of a new set of lectionaries that I have just rebound. I can be contacted here if you have any similar books you would like rebound.
After a break of some time, I recently restored a Family Bible once more. The book block was in very good shape, but, as often happens, the hinges on the spine had broken and the leather was in a pretty bad condition. Here are some before and after photos – click on a photo to start the slide show.