The Restoration of 1.33
In 2012 the manuscript was loaned for exhibition to the Wallace Collection in London. In preparation for display I.33 was conserved and rebound. This presented the Royal Armouries with an opportunity to photograph the manuscript enabling us to produce a top quality facsimile volume of this uniquely ancient and most sought after of Fight-books.
Each image was subject to a rigorous digital examination to ensure the best possible and most accurate reproduction of the original parchment pages in full colour. The final reprographics and printing were done at the fine art department of Senecio Press.
The collated print has then been sewn and trimmed at our bindery, Ludlow Bookbinders, who have many decades of experience in original and replica bindings.
The original manuscript has been re-sewn onto soft leather tapes and rebound in a soft or semi limp vellum casing without boards in order to best protect the priceless pages of 1.33 without putting any strain on the original material. While this is eminently suitable for the restoration it is not for everyday use.
Accordingly, and after extensive research and consultation, we have designed a replica fourteenth century binding with a blocked leather spine with raised bands over wood/composite boards. This is not only to stay true to the style of the period but also to create a suitably robust binding that will ensure the longevity of your copy of the book.