The challenge of book and paper conservation and repair is that no two items have seen the same damage or wear. Nonetheless, we at Paper Leaf Bindery believe it is important to provide potential clients with some understanding of both starting price estimates and conditions that might increase that price. Here we will discuss some basic starting estimates based on the type of book and material, and then we will discuss some common damage or wear that can cause that price to increase beyond the estimates listed. We also include links to articles we have created, which can further educate clients on matters related to pricing.
We can typically provide a pricing estimate range once we have images of the item and its damage/wear. If the estimate we provide, after receiving images, is satisfactory, clients can arrange to send or deliver the item for a final estimate before conservation or repairs are made. Remember that even in this final estimate, we may quote a range, as some items might require deconstructing the book completely before all damage can be assessed. Specifically, some damage may be hidden under spines or covers that are not visible in the first inspection.
Estimated starting price based on book type and size
Personal scripture repair
- Compact triple combination/bible— starts at $80/$90
- Compact quad— starts at $100
- Standard triple combination/bible— starts at $90/$100
- Standard quad— starts at $120
- Large-print combination/bible— starts at $110/$120
- Large-print quad— starts at $140
Cloth-bound hardcover book
- up to 6″— starts at $95
- up to 12″— starts at $140
- 12″ and larger— starts at $175
Leather-bound hardcover book
- up to 6″— starts at $140
- up to 12″— starts at $160
- 12″ and larger— starts at $190
Large leather-bound Family/Holy Bibles
- starts at $500
Adjustments to the estimate that will increase the repair cost include some common damage or wear listed here.
Excessive torn pages
Cover spine piece missing
Text block loose or broken
Cover spine piece detached
Don’t hesitate to contact us for any questions or to start your conservation or repair estimate.
Please do not send items without prior communication. Please schedule with us to arrange to deliver your item to our bindery.
Call or Text 385-375-9162