Thursday, April 15, 2010



Almost all of my breviaries have damaged covers or binding.Volume II of the Liturgy of the hours is in such bad condition that the covers are attached to the spine by only two thin threads. Volume III has the end paper torn and separated at the back cover, and the glue is coming away.
Volume IV has only some tearing at the front cover, and volume I is in perfect condition.

My Anglican Breviary has no front cover, and my copy of the Newman House Lauds and Vespers (my day-to-day breviary) has both covers and the endpapers torn off.The title on the spine is also torn off, and everything is repaired with tape.

I'd like to get it repaired,but I don't know where to go. I'd like to have Lauds and Vespers rebound in leather, or at least bonded leather, with the title in gold on the spine, not on the front. I'd like to have the edges of the pages gilded.That's about it.If I could, I'd like to get the kalendar, the commons,the litany, and the preparation for communion printed up and inserted, but that's a plus.


Michael said...

Some monasteries do book-binding as part of their effort to support themselves. My first enquiries would be with some monastic houses before other, commercial, book-binders, especially as they would appreciate the spiritual value of the particular books you would like to have bound. If you have a library that specialises in a certain type of book and has historical examples, some enquiries to them may produce some ideas. Still, wherever you'll go, it is likely to be somewhat costly.

Mark said...

If it weren't so far away, I would recommend Quarr Abbey in the U.K.... but seeing as you're stateside, do as Michael suggests and ask monastic houses.

You might also find asking around local Gregorian Chant enthusiasts elicits good recommendations as singers' books tend to need repairs after a while (e.g. my 87-year old Vesperale!)...

Anonymous said...

Great idea! Love seeing a creative mind work and gain success!!!!!! Hope it continues to grow!