Peacock Bindery

Traditional bookbinding, Wellington, New Zealand

Pilgrim’s Progress, 1799

Although the textblock of this book was more or less intact, the boards were very worn and decaying. A decision was made to rebind the book with new boards and new leather. The book was disbound; paper repairs made; book then sewn on tapes and bound in marbled calf leather; appropriate marble paper was used for endpapers and finally gold tooling applied to front and back boards, and spine.


Pilgrim’s Progress: rebound book covered in marbled calf and tooled with gold


Pilgrim’s Progress: original front board.


Pilgrim’s Progress: before repair.


Pilgrim’s Progress: before repair – front board almost detached.


Pilgrim’s Progress: frontispiece and title page. Note large loss of paper to top corner of frontispiece.


Pilgrim’s Progress: disbound sections. Fragments of leather are attached to the outer folds of the sections.


Pilgrim’s Progress: back board almost detached.


Pilgrim’s Progress: printed in 1799.


Pilgrim’s Progress: after rebinding – new marbled pastedown and flyleaf.


Pilgrim’s Progress: the loss to the frontispiece has been filled with a careful paper repair.


Pilgrim’s Progress: spine of rebound book.

Susan Peacock

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