Robert Muma put together this photographic album of the most
interesting and challenging book restoration projects that he undertook during
his vocation as a hand bookbinder and restorationist.
The entire book is now on the website, here in this section.
The book was created by Robert Muma as shown by the sample
page below (at the bottom of this page). However, I
have chosen to scan only the photographs, and present the wording in standard
text. This allows emphasis to be given to the photographs, so that the sometimes
miraculous restorations may be viewed in detail. Unfortunately, it omits most of
Robert Muma's artistic script from this presentation.
If you are new to the art and science of book restoration, please note that
the objective normally isn't to make the book look like new. The objective is to
repair the book in order to preserve it, as well as to ensure it is usable and
attractive. Preservation of an old or rare book also usually means to preserve
(or at least to not remove) some of the ageing that it has undergone over the
years. This is, after all, part of its character and history.