Maybe either/or. Not sure. I'm reading a book on bookbinding right now and was curious if anyone had experience with contemporary practitioners of the art.
well, I inherited a set of gibbon from the very early 19th century, something like a forth addition, that was in terrible shape, but that my grandfather had read and reread many times, not trating it like an antiqe but a set of books. I had them rebound, which took away a lot of their value, but allows me to read them, and leave them to my son. it cost me about $1500, and I chose a very simple leather cover and simple paper "lining" (or what ever the term is) in the covers. the guys workshop looked like a printing press froma colonial museum. I remember a short story by Hesse where a spoiled rich young man gets all his books rebound, as he buys them, so that his whole library mathes. that sounded really cool to me at the time.