LESS IS MORE*
…Who strive - you don't know how the others strive
To paint a little thing like that you smeared
Carelessly passing with your robes afloat,-
Yet do much less, so much less, Someone says,
(I know his name, no matter) - so much less!
Well, less is more, Lucrezia…
Andrea del Sarto: Robert Browning
I had two books that needed to be rebound: the bigger one from 1814 was protected by a coeval decorated paper wrapper torn at the back, the missing part being too big to be restored. Click image 1.
The second book, a pocket guide in orthography of 1820, had no covers. The sewing was broken and the paper, curled at the corners, needed to be washed and resized. Click image 2.
At a closer look I realized that the paper at the front cover of the first book was big enough to make a wrapper for the other one.
I cleaned the decorated paper with soft rubber and put it aside.
When the small book was ready to be sewn I made an unsupported sewing like the one it had before.
The bigger volume, a treatise on divorce, was printed on a wonderfully fresh and crisp paper and the sewing on hidden cords was sound and allowed for a flat opening. Click image 4. At first I thought of a secondary sewing to attach the book-block to a new cover, then I decided to adopt a minimal solution. I realized that the book had lived for almost two hundred years wrapped in paper and why should I find another solution when I could very easily use one of my printed papers. With a little paste on the spine to fix the coloured wrappers the two books were ready. Click images 3 and 5.