08 February 2010

I have just completed the restoration of this early 1800's Bible Cover.

As you will see, the cover is broken off at the spine.

I will be binding the signatures, when they are complete, to the front and back cover and making a new spine for there is no spine. This is how I purchased the Bible.

It has taken many hours and lots of patience to bring the covers back to life. Towards the end you will be viewing some images through the microscope under which I work in order the restore books of this nature.

The Bible covers are approximately one foot and one inch in length.

I thought you may enjoy the journey.

Egmont is one of my blog readers of whom I have the greatest respect. A purist at heart, Egmont started up an interesting dicussion on the use of antique objects in my art. You can find the post here. Please read it for it is fascinating reading everyone's comments.


So with thanks to and in honour of you Egmont, I present:

Restoration of an Early 1800's Bible Cover




xo

32 comments:

Jen Crossley said...

Judy this is such a restoration of Love the work that has gone into this amaze's me.
A master piece hidden under such grim it is a credit to you and all the hours of work you have put into it
Jen

Megan Warren said...

Judy the restoration is a work of love - can't wait to see what you do with it.

ArtPropelled said...

I am in awe of what you do, Judy. Looking forward to seeing the next stage.

neva gagliano said...

THE CALL AND RESPONSE of blog friends: this work, with a nudge from egmont, amazing...

what a gift to give back to the world, this beautiful book. brava, judy!!

Judy said...

Thanks for your lovely comments.
Jen, I can tell you ho many packets of makeup facial cotton pads I went through.

Megan, Yes indeed it certainly is a work of love but well worth it.

Robyn, well we share a mutual awe of each others' work, as you know.

Thanks Neva - hope he enjoys it!!!

R2artstudio said...

A beautiful restoration, your talents are amazing. Loved the video, sets the perfect tone.

~Izabella said...

this one leaves me ab~soul~utely speechless! you are amazing!!

JP said...

wow this is soooooo beautiful

Carol said...

Very beautiful work, Judy, I look forward to seeing the completed bible when you finish the sewing. I'm sure Egmont will be thrilled to have such a wonderful dedication. Your work is just so meticulous and the end result is magnificent.

Judi said...

Your dedication to this work is heartwarming. Beautiful job.

Four Seasons in a Life said...

Dear Judy,

The slideshow presentation is marvelous and so is its soundtrack that I much enjoyed too.

I know we all had a good spirited discussion and one that I much enjoyed, since it offered so many different points of view while still mostly agreeing that you are creating a new life for the tine type.

We may not always agree, but on this point we do and that is we care for these treasures, rescuing them from obscurity and even loss to the dump.

I thank you for the dedication of your post, your bible is indeed a priceless treasure and so superbly restored.

Just last month I myself came across a religious book from 1840 printed in German but instead being the Bible, it was the Koran.

The book's pages are in relative good condition, though with brown spots. What is missing is the cover. Its cover spin and back cover are in tack.

Now I am going to have to learn how to restore a book.

Warmest regards
Egmont

La Dolce Vita said...

Hi Judy, thanks for stopping by! Surely Egmont is speaking about "family" tin types? I always use originals in my art. I think it is part of what my collector pays me for! the Holy Bible Repair video is spectacular!

Silver Artisan said...

Judy,
This is so fascinating! You probably already read "People of the Book" by Geraldine Brooks, very interesting read, where the protagonist works on repairing the Sarejevo Haggadah.

Judy said...

Yes its my favourite book of the decade. In some parts I thought I was reading about me - first few pages describing Sydney. AMAZING READING

Kim said...

So have you purchased shares in the makeup pads business yet, LOL! Amazing work as always Judy, such a pleasure to watch and listen to as well! You might have to think about an online class in book restoration at this rate!

Ro Bruhn said...

Bloody Brilliant Judy, mind blowing, only you would have such patience and skill.

Peggi Meyer Graminski said...

This is incredibly beautiful, Judy ... it is amazing to see the Bible cover transformed right before my eyes. What a truly talented and gifted soul you are! xo

sukipoet said...

beautiful so full of reverence for these tokens from times past

Steph said...

Wowwww ! :)

Seth said...

This transformation is nothing short of magical. And knowing the level of dedication you put into projects such as this, I can only begin to imagine the time and energy that this took.

Mary Helen-Art Saves Lives said...

Dear Judy,
I came away from this last post with a sense of awe and intrepidation for the painstakingly beautiful restoration of this Holy Bible. I am hopeful that others will rejoice in your progression and restoration. You work with silent guides and angels I am sure. Imagine and Live in Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

Samantha Marshall said...

Beautiful, Judy. I love the slideshow, too!

Jo Archer said...

This must have been so exciting when you first realised that golden treasure was under the grime. A lovely job.

Judy said...

Thanks to everyone who commented.

Yes it was exciting but after having restored my first Bible for "The Righteous", I now know to look beyond the grime. But yes it is always exciting when one first realizes what is underneath.
Then I realize how much work is ahead of me but the rewards are too great at the end.
It's nice when bloggers comment - makes it sweeter.
xo

Susan Tuttle said...

oh my -- you have brought back to life magical details with your tender hands. I enjoyed the slideshow very much -- the chant was very effective.

Chrisy said...

This slide show and music and just wonderful, and the magic that you've performed on this bible is truly a gift for future viewers..thank you. I'm heading over to Egmont's now...

Chrisy said...

me again...just letting you know that the 'here' link doesn't go to the post at Egmonts...the other's do go to his blog tho...love to you..

layers said...

your videos are amazing-- the chanting, the visual details and highlights, so moving and full of feeling-- your love of what you do is so evident.

Studio Sylvia said...

Joyous satisfaction must be an understatement, as to how you felt when the restoration of the cover was completed, Judy. Your patience and skill are incredulous. The slideshow, with the accompanying selected chant, is testament to your finesse as an artisan of great skill. I am gob-smacked. I too, at times, feel as does Egmont, but only in relation to myself. I may 'stuff' it up and that is the problem - I doubt my capabilities with originals.

Karen Cole said...

Boots, books, Bibles........what fun I've had FINALLY getting around to see what you have been up to. ALL of it fabulous.

That Bible looks awfully familiar:-)

bebe......such an appropropriate name....so many "b's" in your life.

xxoo K

Chris said...

Judy this is stunning. How cool, to get so immersed in something and work with intricacy. Thanks for the video.
I'm off to visit egmont, now.

xo

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