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How to rebind damaged books. From the problem to the solution.

Dust Jacket
Detached cover
Title on the spine
Broken spine
High spine
Buckling book
Broken section book
Broken single leaf book
Broken books with notching
Singer sewing
Tear leaf
Detached leaf
Adhesive tape



Broken spine 

The problem

What to do

What not to do


Don’t try temporary repairs with non neutral acid commercial adhesive tape. Besides spotting the paper irreversibly the tape does not last more than three or four years.

spine with commercial adhesive tape
As Istituto centrale di patologia del libro in Rome said, the spine doesn’t have to be tightly attached.   tightly attached spine
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