You know a guy named Bear Grylls, who eats bugs and dirt in the wilderness to survive? (yuck... am shivering.. brrrrr...) Looks like his great-great-grandfather was a bit of a public figure himself. He, Samuel Smiles authored a bunch of books but his most famous book was Self-Help. Well, growing up in the middle of the Industrial Revolution, and being in a family of Cameronian, I kinda see why he wrote a book like this. (Just to remind you that I have neither political nor religious affiliations what-so-ever. I just happened to take before-after pictures of this book and it's such a pretty binding, so I featured it here.) Anyway, this is one of the earlier editions of Self-Help with illustrations of conduct and perseverance, published by John Murray in 1897. (Popular Edition, Third print) In terms of restoration, it just required an external and internal re-hinging. As you might know, some books have first and last signatures sewn in a stab manner, and those stab sewn signatures have tendency to get broken as the thread creates too much stress on the pages, as you can imagine. I don't like stab sewn books mainly because of that. (The other reason is because stab sewn signatures don't open flat.) I took a picture of the fate of stab sewn signatures, so that you can see it yourself. I know stab sewing seems to be popular amongst bookbinding hobbyists, but be aware! They won't last long. You might say, "But the traditional Japanese books are stab sewn, and last hundreds of years!" Well, the paper they used is different. They used a paper that is extremely flexible and has no grain, thus it could withstand the stress created by the thread. (But of course, the thread gets broken because of the stress like any other stab bindings.) Anyhow, if you want your book to last long, just sew it by the European method. :-) Oh, by the way, I was just gonna use a bookcloth for the internal hinge, but somehow, I took a trouble to use leather.. Hummm, I think I had one too many beers that night. The thing is, leather's better, so the client got a better deal!