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Book cover

Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Apr 28 2007, 7:14pm

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This came up in a thread in OT: book covers

DoN asked if I could post pictures of a book cover I made. I had bought "The Book of Weird" in the beat-up bin in a used book store. The paperback cover was torn and bent. I took it off and made a new cover of leather. I called it "Codex Mirificorum", which was my best bet at translating the title. I decided to make it as yummy as possible; a bibliophile's dream. I was thrilled with the way it came out. This was about 25 years ago. I've rebound other books, but this one is my favorite.


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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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Chance Meeting at Rivendell: a Tolkien Fanfic
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silneldor
Half-elven


Apr 28 2007, 10:13pm

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That is really beautiful! [In reply to] Can't Post

And quite a bit of work too. It must have taken a while.

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Daughter of Nienna
Grey Havens


Apr 29 2007, 6:37am

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I am thrilled by book binding [In reply to] Can't Post

 
I don't know where you live but it has to be 3,000 miles away or more, since I live in the middle of the Pacific Ocean and that is how far the California coast is from me. . . Or I would have you reach me how to do this. Smile

Its a great skill to have. Thanks for posting our picts.

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Aunt Dora Baggins
Half-elven


Apr 30 2007, 4:23am

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I learned how from a book: [In reply to] Can't Post


Simplified Bookbinding by Henry Gross


To rebind a paperback, you don't have to do any sewing. If the spine is OK then put on a cover. Otherwise just cut slots in the back edges of the pages and glue threads in them to bind them together. You make endpapers by folding large sheets of paper in half, putting them at the front and back of the book, and then gluing a piece of cloth across the spine and onto the endpapers. Then make a cover as described in the book and glue it onto the endpapers. That's a very quick description, but the book describes it in detail. It also describes more traditional signature sewing, which I never learned to do. Making paperbacks into hardbacks was my goal. And my specialty was photocopying out-of-print library books and making nice covers and binding them into hardback books. I haven't done it for years, though. I've gotten lazy and let Kinko's do my binding for me.

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"For DORA BAGGINS in memory of a LONG correspondence, with love from Bilbo; on a large wastebasket. Dora was Drogo's sister, and the eldest surviving female relative of Bilbo and Frodo; she was ninety-nine, and had written reams of good advice for more than half a century."
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Chance Meeting at Rivendell: a Tolkien Fanfic
and some other stuff I wrote...
leleni at hotmail dot com

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dernwyn
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May 7 2007, 4:17am

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That is really nice! [In reply to] Can't Post

I love it - it's so superior to the paper cover, and allows a lot of creativity.


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Elven
Valinor


May 12 2007, 12:58pm

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Thats amazing!!! [In reply to] Can't Post

Ive never tried to do an entire book cover! You are so talented - the book looks wonderful!! I love the symbols!

Great work!

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