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And so the binding was complete! I used a spare piece of the endpapers to create a title for the box. The words were pierced out using a scalpel and backed with gold leaf. The title was then sewn to the lid of the box through small holes drilled around the outside of the label.

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I knew early on that wanted the container to be made from Maple wood to tie in with the book title and I was pleased to be able to source some. The inside of the box was lined with felt, with a ribbon lifter attached to help to get the book out of the box.

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THE COMPLETED BOX

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THE BOOK IN THE OPEN BOX

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THE BOOK ON THE OPEN BOX

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THE BOOK NEXT TO THE BOX

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THE EDGE DECORATION

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THE FULL COVER

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THE PASTE-DOWNS

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BACK COVER DETAIL

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FRONT COVER DETAIL

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THE ENDPAPERS

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I was finally able to order the outer conservation box from The Bodleian Library a few weeks ago. 

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As well as adding a title to the spine, I glued into the inner lid of the box a map dating from 1910, showing the area of “St. Denis-Pontoise” in France, including the town of “Eragny”. 

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The press was named after the Pissarro family’s home village in Normandy, I will have to try and visit it someday! 

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