Unfinished project, NOW finished! I love an old book and this one had my name written inside in my childhood handwriting. Back then, I claimed ownership to this book from my great-aunt, although she probably gave it to the family to share. I remember reading this book to my children with surprised delight. Now the Arabian Nights, 1935 edition, sorely needed repair. I had to give this book new life.
There are great websites with demonstrations on the internet. They explore traditional bookbinding and coptic binding which is an open spine technique. I also purchased bookbinding kits from Mimi Halo at Plickity Plunk Press. I had the opportunity to meet with her and have a quick explanation of the process before venturing forth on my own.
Loot at these endpapers to this edition of Arabian Nights. I would guess that the original painting was completed in oils.