We work on both Fine and General book binding process. Fine binding uses the very finest in whatever materials make up the binding. Whether that be a rich, full gilt tooling, blind tooling, or a combination thereof. silk headband, doublures or marble paper linings, or myriad other fine materials. If fabric is used, it might be silk moire, velvet or some other fabric of fine quality.
General binding is more of the everyday type of bookbinding. But, it is never in any way slip shod or cut rate. Good materials and workmanship are still a must. Even relatively inexpensive work should be done well. General binding includes rebinding of novels, cookbooks, genealogies and every other book imaginable. The only difference between general binding and fine binding is the cost of the materials used and perhaps a lesser amount of decoration. General binding can still be elegant in appearance.
Library Accessories provides sound, sensitive book repair and restoration using high quality materials and traditional techniques. The precise nature of what treatment your book undergoes depends upon, among other things, the current condition, anticipated future use, monetary value, uniqueness and historical value.
The goal in restoration is not to make an old look brand new (although a new binding may do that), but to bring a book back into useable condition using techniques that are visually subtle or nearly invisible.
A look of proper age is desireable and repairs should be as inconspiquous as possible. However, no attempt should me made to fool future owners. To this end a detailed record of treatment should accompany each restored book.
The aim of a book restorationist is to maintain the integrity of the book while making it usable in the present and preserved for posterity.