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Best Book Restorer San Francisco 2003 - Tom Conroy

Conroy talks about books the way a caring doctor talks about his patients. He has been repairing and restoring books of all kinds for nearly 40 years, specializing in volumes with sentimental value or those "with a story." Have a third-generation children's book with a broken spine? A lectern-size family Bible with a missing cover? A 19th-century cookbook with torn pages? Conroy's your man. He's unapologetic about his philosophy of responding to the needs of the book rather than the needs of the customer. He described getting angry at a customer who asked him to remove some pages from a 19th-century text in order to sell reprints at antique shows. Chop up a beautiful old book to sell its pages? Better to ask a surgeon to kill someone for his appendix! Conroy "had some words" with the gentleman and showed him the door. Nor is he very fond of deadlines. Every book is unique and requires its own individual course of treatment. If you want your one-of-a-kind book to last for generations, it's got to be done right. And that takes time.

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Scott Kowalczyk
Scott Kowalczyk

I have a catalogue with a page that was torn out at one time. The edges on the part of the page that would attach to the binding are irregular.It is a religious statue catalogue from the early 1900's.It took me years to find one, it was quite expensive and I'd like to have the page re-attached. The original binding is part of the catalogue's appeal (I wouldn't want the cover replaced, most certainly reused). Is it possible to re-affix the torn page? I'd also be interested in a cover to protect the catalogue for safe keeping.

Thank you for your time.Scott K.

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