Book Repairs, Rebinds and Commissions
Rebound book in half leather and
hand marbled papers with a slip case made using the
original decorative board covers.
Paul offers many years experience of skilled book repairs for antiquarian books, special volumes and books which perhaps have a family or sentimental value. In addition to more common cloth bound books, he specialises in traditional quarter, half and full leather volumes which frequently have the familiar raised bands on the spine. So if you have a book in need of some special attention, contact Paul Delrue to discuss your particular requirements. 
Paul working on a Victorian Family Bible
Paul's approach to book repair work and commissions is based on traditional old-style bookbinding. As you would expect, for your valuable or sentimentally precious books everything is done by hand and only the best materials are used. Important details such as headbands can be hand-sewn using quality silk thread, and titling is done using traditional bookbinding hand tools and with either real gold or gold foil. Of course this doesn't preclude more routine books being given the same level of care and attention, and the price will reflect the level and nature of the repair work involved.
One of the most common requirements is to repair or restore a precious family Bible. These large leatherbound books are usually Victorian and can often contain important family history information between their pages. Although intrinsically they are usually not of high value, they mean a great deal to the families who have often owned them for maybe five or six generations. Paul can discuss with you what is required to bring these heirlooms back to their former glory and prepare them to be handed on to the next generation in the family.
Sometimes, a book is in need of additional protection, or is intended as a special presentation piece. Paul can also offer individually tailor-made presentation boxes or slip cases for your books. These may be plain or decorative, and can have a variety of options such as suede lining, gold titling or specially designed artwork on the cover if appropriate. 
Using band-nipers to sharpen the raised
bands on a replacement spine.

An old volume having been resewn, and being
prepared for a new binding
Paul is also available for special commissions of highly bespoke bookbinding work - from portfolios and albums to highly decorative presentation books made to your own particular requirements. Whatever you need, if you are looking for high quality work from a highly experienced traditional hand bookbinder, talk to Paul Delrue.
Books can be sent via the post (we would suggest using special delivery) or by courier, or if you are close to the North Wales area, you are very welcome to pop in and discuss your book directly with Paul (though it is best to call in advance to ensure someone is in!)
To get in touch, call Paul on 01824 707044,
or Click here for the Contact page.