How Not to Repair Pages of a Book

Recently found a book that is practically a collection of “how not to’s.” It’s a Pentateuch printed in 1859 in Germany, and it has issues starting right from the title page and throughout the book.

The first problem is that repairs were made with tissue paper or something similar – a material that became quite brittle over the years. Moreover, in some cases, the original page was entirely covered with this sort of paper from both sides. This sort of repair makes some of the pages too thick compared to other sheets.

Pieces of paper used to cover the omissions on the title page are a wrong solution as well. As the straight cuts of the inserts and overlapping paper tend to result in future tears, as the paper gets bent over and over again.

A similar fate is awaiting the other sample, that repaired corner you see below. What’s even worse, the tip wasn’t cut flush to the edge of the page, which can result in accidental tears.

As a bonus and not to complain anymore, I wanted to share the cover of this book:

The first cover is the one the left, as Hebrew books are read from right to left.


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