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1DeusExLibris
Juil 23, 2007, 6:10pm

In the old days I know most wealthy people had their own binders and got all the books they bought bound special order. What I'm wondering is if this is still done, and if so, how much it would cost to have a couple rebound? I'm probably talking in hypotheticals, as if this is still done, I doubt having books rebound is even close to within my fiscal possibilities.

2lilithcat
Juil 23, 2007, 7:50pm

It is absolutely still done! The cost would depend on the condition of the book, the materials used in the new binding (leather's more expensive than book cloth), and the style of binding wanted.

I see from your profile that you are in Oregon. You might try contacting the Northwest chapter of the Guild of Book Workers to find bookbinders in your area. Their e-mail is Northwest at guildofbookworkers.allmail.net. Alternatively, if there is a library in your area with a special collections division (for instance, a university library), you could contact them for recommendations (and some institutional conservators do private binding on the side).

3WholeHouseLibrary
Juil 24, 2007, 10:47pm

C_o_L,

I was in Seattle about a month ago, and found a bookbinder there who does excellent work. I have no idea what he charges, but I was really impressed with the quality of his products. Unfortunately, the brochure I got from him is back in Texas, and I'm in Delaware for the forseeable future. If you happen to go to Seattle (on a semi-regular basis), I'll have my better half look for his address.

4benjclark
Juil 25, 2007, 9:35am

Just for a rough idea, I've found the average to be around $100 for a full leather binding and some simple repairs for early 19th C. books. Of course, mileage will vary.

5uath
Nov 4, 2007, 6:29pm

6DeusExLibris
Nov 4, 2007, 6:37pm

WHL, I actually live in Seattle when I'm not away at college, so yes, I'd love it if your "better half" could take a look for that brochure.

7WholeHouseLibrary
Nov 7, 2007, 5:43pm

CoL, sorry I didn't see this sooner....

The place is called
ARS OBSCURA Bookbinding
Grand Central Arcade
214 First Ave. S. #B-11
Seattle
www.arsobscurabookbinding.com

It's a few doors down from Wessel & Lieberman; at the bottom of the stairs, turn left.
The fellow who owns it is named Joel Radcliffe, and his pamphlet says "by appointment only", but when I was there in late June, I just walked in and talked with his intern for a while, and then had a nice talk and a short tour with him also. It's a great place if you can stand the cigarette smoke.

Elliot Bay Books is one block south of there.