Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Conduct of Life by Otto Schulze & Co.

 This is Ralph Waldo Emerson's Conduct of Life, published by Otto Schulze & Co. (This is a volume in The Lighthouse Library of Great Thinkers) It doesn't say what year it was published, but looks like exactly the same book, bound by a different bookbinder (Root & Son) was published in 1904. (See this bookseller's site.)  This edition was bound by the Bayntun Bindery in Bath, England. Both Root & Son and Bayntun editions have the same marble paper, and although the kinds of leather and the style of bindings are different, they are in red leather. So, I think both were published in a couple of years apart max, if not the same year. Anyway, the restoration of this book was to re-hinge externally as well as internally. The book was bound so well that it took longer to lift up the original leather for re-hinging. The restoration is done, and the "before pictures" is the one on the bottom right.

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