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Re: [BKARTS] How to Repair a book but save the pastedowns?

You might want to consider lifting a flap of paste-down along the gutter edge of the boards.  You can then re-line the spine of the text with muslin and leave flaps to eventually extend onto the boards.  You can add a new inner paper hinge (to be toned to match) and after paring the back-side edge of the pastedown flap you can put down these flaps.  With careful pigmenting and/or in-painting the new inner hinge should blend in to the paste-down and endpaper.  The flaps also let you reback and put the turn-ins of the spine strip under the pastedown.  It can be a virtually invisible treatment depending on your skill.

Bruce Levy
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