Pierced vellum binding on: Qvinti Horatii Flacci Poemata, Amsterdam, 1662.

This volume was in a full leather binding in poor condition, with one board and the spine missing, and staining and skinning of the leather. The textblock was water-stained throughout. Because the text leaves required aqueous treatment and the binding was so damaged, the volume was rebound.

The binding was discarded and the text block disbound.
The leaves were cleaned with a vulcanized rubber sponge as needed.
The text leaves were washed in a solution of 70% isopropyl alcohol/30% distilled water, followed by several baths of distilled water conditioned using calcium hydroxide to a pH 8.5.


The leaves were mended and guarded where needed with kozo paper using wheat starch paste
There are new flyleaves of dark blue abaca handmade laid paper.
The textblock was sewn all along on two vellum tapes using linen thread.
The textblock was left untrimmed in order to preserve the historic edge gilding. There are pink and orange silk front bead endbands sewn on cores of twisted vellum.
The calfskin vellum cover was lined with thin handmade wove paper.
The boards were colored using acrylic pigments.
The vellum was pierced, followed by titling and tooling in gold.
The case was laced on using the sewing supports and endband cores.
The doublures are made from dark blue abaca handmade laid paper.
The doublures were pierced before being tooled, signed and dated in gold.

5 ½” x 3 ¼” x 1”. 13.4 x 8.3 x 2.5 cm.

Bound in 2020.








Limited Editions

Cambridge MA 02140 USA 617-304-2652 james@reid-cunningham.com