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Drop-In Evening for Bookbinding and Book Repair

What is a Drop-In Evening? The Drop-In Evening for Bookbinding and Book Repair is a time to get help with a project that you are working on at the moment, or perhaps want to start and don’t know how to get going, or are finishing and don’t have quite the right tools. These projects could be anything […]

Deterioration of a Book

The Deterioration of a Book

Sea Fishing on the English Coast by Frederick G. Aflalo Hardback with laminate cover, no dust jacket, perfect bound without sewn sections. The Deterioration of a Book As a book conservator, I repair books on a daily basis, all in varying states of destruction and disrepair. As a resident of Worthing and the South Coast, […]

This week at The Book Hut

This is just a snippet of goodness to share what is going on at The Book Hut in Worthing this week. Well I would be remiss if I did not mention the biggest news this week – that being the East Beach Studios winning Sunny Worthing Awards for Best Arts and Crafts Business! It was a great night, […]

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The Holy Bible

The Holy Bible c. 1952 Full case binding, hollow-back, plain burgundy book cloth with blind-tooled border University Press, Cambridge (Brooke Crutchley, University Printer) 140x198x39 (WHD) I completed this volume some months back for an lady who was keen to preserve the book before it fell apart completely. As with so many books owned by individuals, […]

Peasant Poet John Clare’s Bible

This is a volume that I have recently completed as part of my work with the National Conservation Service. The John Clare Bible was initially acquired by the poet in 1813; he has signed the inside front cover and dated it. The bible itself is much older than this, dating back to 1639 when it was […]

The Principles and Practice of Medicine

The Principles and Practice of Medicine by William Osler, M.D., F.R.C.P c.1897 Full case binding, hollow-back, blue buckram cloth with gold-foiled title on spine Young J. Pentland, Edinburgh and London This is one of the first modern general medical textbooks by a man named Osler. My client, himself a Doctor, asked me to repair it as it is […]