Saturday, February 16, 2008

Can this book be saved?

The other day I noticed this on my desk—little crumblies of something.

I discovered they were coming from the book sitting there. I pulled out the book several months ago to look up a photo of a house in Portland that someone on the QuiltArt list had used as a subject for a quilt and it has been on my desk since then.

This is the book.

I love this book. It was given to me as a thank you gift when I retired as Chair of the Ashland, Oregon Historic Commission. It is the history of architectural styles in Oregon and filled with great photos. Everyone on the Commission signed it and it is a great memory of a time in my life that I really enjoyed.

When I opened it up I could see that the glue binding has crumbled and the whole book is about to go to pieces. Oh dear. Does anyone know how to repair a book that is in this condition?


  1. I'm pretty sure you can get it rebound; basically they/you remove the glue and then bind as if making the book for the first time. If there isn't a place in your area that does bindings I'm sure there are good books that can help you do it :)

  2. Saved? Absolutely!
    Here are the websites of two places in Portland.

    Good Luck with this

  3. You can get it re-bound-check your local copy shop. That's where a friend of ours got info on a binder in the area. Also framing shops sometimes have the same info.

  4. Surely Powell's, the world's greatest bookstore, could refer you to a good binder.

  5. Oh. Best wishes on saving such a wonderful book. I love architecture. And it sounds like it was a fantastic time in your life.

  6. Oh my gosh! I've been surfing quilt blogs this morning and happened to come to your blog and see this book! My sister in law wrote that book!!! My husband has some pictures in it too. Wow! Sorry it's in such bad shape. It has to be at least 25 years old. Hopefully it can be repaired.