This book is a Fanshaw Bible for the 'American Bible Society' printed in 1834 (ok, so I guessed on the 'late 1800's part). It measures 12 inches by 9.5 inches with a three inch spine (boards included).
Progress on the book continues. I've mounted leather spacers on the tapes to raise them higher on the spine as a design feature. The book has been covered with brown, kraft paper to help reinforce the structural strength of the cover boards and give the spine more flexibility without additional damage.
|Four, three-quarter inch tapes are used to hold this book together. Surprisingly, even after more than a hundred and fifty years the tapes are still secure the stitching hasn't frayed.|
|I had to take a picture of the mega-tapes that the binders used to produce this book. Three-quarter inch tapes are used for massive books and with two and a half inches of text - it needs the support.|
The quality of the cover boards, even now after nearly a hundred and seventy years, is amazing. You can still see the design that was printed on the cover boards all those years ago and even with all of the damage that the book has seen it's still maintained a sense of its own character.
As you can see - the spine virtually disintegrated of the original cover and the boards are faded and in need of repair or replacement.
|The cover page of the bible.|
|The new tapes drying.|
The bible has been covered in a single layer of Kraft paper with the tapes bolded (pressed and the sides cut to keep the shapes more pronounced)
So here's what the spine looks like when the tapes are tied up. The ties are used to press the leather down against the spine on either side of the tape and therefore accentuate them.