Bibliophile has been a thing of the past but of late it's getting to another level. As days go by people will start to appreciate and understand that books have been essential as a source of knowledge and for this reason, physical books should exist forever so as to preserve the authenticity science, stories or knowledge in general. There are many ways to preserve them.
If you do care about books, restoration must be on your next hobby after reading or collecting books. Having rare or antique books can give you two precious chances. The first is that you can restore rare and valuable books. The second is that you can keep the appreciation of the history of books and its genre alive through many generations ahead.
Book restoration as a hobby could be great interest when you fall in love with books and reading. Some people say that restoration is a higher or more advanced level of a bibliophile. Imagine if you love to practice book restoration, and then you influence people around you to also love this practice, then you and your friends will have contributed to keeping the history alive. If you are interested, you might want to know how to do it or how to start it. How does one undertake book restoration as a hobby? Here are the basic things you need to know about book restoration.
First and foremost while practicing book restoration as a hobby you need to identify the condition of the books you have on bookshelves. If you have the list of all the books and their conditions then you can start to divide them into several categories like fine, near fine, fair, good and poor. If there are many conditions with fine, you can put them aside and concern yourself on conditions like fair, good and poor books. Put them on one table and pick one by one those that need to be restored.
There are actual professionals who handle book restoration, but if you can do it by yourself the better. You can start with the good books. Make sure that you have checked all of the pages and there is nothing to repair or fix. If there is one page missing, or lose, you can refine and put the missing page in the right place. If the books have some stains try to erase them if it is possible or clean it. You cannot make it fully clean, but at least you have reduced the stains and make it well-arranged because you have to make sure that the books are restored properly.
After restoring the good books, you can move to poorly conditioned books. If you want to do book restoration as a hobby, you have to be careful in taking care of old books that need special treatment. Check the cover. You can focus on the books that have leather cover. Start conditioning them and never try to dry it. You can dye and bring the cool leather cover of your book through binding, but if you can erase it well and good.
There have been many such practices to restore bible especially the old bibles. The second thing to do is repairing the pages. Tape the documents and then arrange the pages. You can replace the missing page with the new one if it is possible or find it if you can. It is hard to find the matches, but at least you have tried to refine the missing page. The next step is cleaning and reattaching the band. It is easy if you have the tools to refine it. If you find it hard to do all of those things, you can simply bind it and give it over to the expert and wait them restored well through professional binding.