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Ancient craft of book repair set to die out as few people are picking up the skill

Mr Vass said it took him 15 years to master the skills of book mending: how to diagnose a book's ills, what to patch and what to leave alone, how to hide evidence of a repair.

Issaquah, Washington

SOMETIMES a book just gets loved to death. A Bible, or a copy of Charlotte's Web, for that matter, can be opened only so many times, even by the gentlest reader, before its spine weakens and surrenders.

And here is a dirty little secret: Public libraries,...

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