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Marbled end leaf examples
Our standard endleaf choice for flexible cover leather bound books will either match or compliment the leather color. On hard cover volumes the endleaf may be a standard white or sometimes colored papers to compliment the cover. We normally make this choice but you may, of course, request a color that you prefer.
Endleaf / End papers - Special & antique applications
Bonded leather**
Marbled papers are available in a variety of patterns. They are usually reserved for use with antique books. Marbling was very common in 19th century classic books. However, these papers can also be used on modern books if desired.
Modern patterns can also be obtained.

Some patterns may not always be available.
Endpapers are sometimes called "end leaf" or "end sheets".
Along with the hinge cloth, they help attach the case to the body of the book.
Endpapers can be plain, textured, colored, or with special designs. We keep a variety in stock.
Cover materials- Genuine leather
  
Leather colors may vary slightly from batch to batch.
Leather makes the difference in the quality of your book, Bible or other leather-bound volume. Pigskin is the least expensive, though the grains and colors are beautiful.
Cowhide is the most costly but is also the most durable.

* Note: Colors may vary slightly from batch to batch and according to your monitor's capabilities..
Leathers in stock:
Cowhide, lambskin, goatskin and pigskin hides are stocked in various popular colors and grains  (not all shown here).
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As with cloth, many textures, colors and patterns of cover papers are available. Although these have not been very popular, we stock some and can order to fit your needs.
Samples to be added
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BEFORE & AFTER

 

We use only quality materials and whenever possible, the same materials (cloth, paper, leather) used by the original binderies.

 

Quality leathers, including: cowhide, goatskin, lambskin and pigskin are selected for their suitability for bookbinding.

 

Other cover materials are specifically manufactured for quality binding applications. Whenever possible, acid free and archival materials are used.

Cover materials are available in various colors and patterns. Leathers are stocked in popular colors such as red, burgundy, tan, brown, dark blue and black. Special hides are hand selected for their application to

book binding.

Some color and material images are displayed below.

CLOTH   PAPER   LEATHER   BONDED LEATHER   ENDLEAF

 

Cover materials- Paper & more
Case-bound books (non-paperback) can be covered in a wide variety of materials. Most common are paper, cloth and leather. Some newer soft-bound books are covered with synthetic material such as vinyl. All of these come in many textures and colors.



Bonded leather is actual leather fibers mixed with a bonding emulsion and pressed with a leather grain appearance. This is less costly but not as durable or as elastic as genuine leather. Some leather Bibles have a bonded leather lining inside the cover.
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See example at the right)

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We no longer use bonded leather because it tends to dry and crack when flexed repeatedly and do not last long . We are too busy daily replacing "not so old" but badly worn bonded leather covers and want our covers to give you years of durable enjoyment.
CLOTH   PAPER   LEATHER   BONDED LEATHER   ENDLEAF   TOP
Library Buckram Book Cloth
Buckram is a tough, durable cloth preferred by libraries for its quality and durability. We stock a variety of popular colors. Others can be ordered if quantities require it.
Colors may vary slightly from batch to batch and according to your computer monitor's capabilities.
Color Chart used with permission from
Gane Brothers & Lane bindery suppliers.
If your book is to have a hard cover then it can be either cloth or leather.
However, if your book will have a flexible cover, it must be bound in leather. While cloth is certainly bendable it lacks the properties of true flexibility.
Should your book be bound in cloth or leather?
CLOTH OR LEATHER?