Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Jeff's Rebind Project: Combined Didache and Compendium

Jeff is a regular commentor here on the blog.  He recently commissioned a truly unique rebind, which brought together The Didache Bible and The Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.  Yep!  He put them together and bound them into one book.  Here are the details:

While reading the Catholic Bibles Blog I began to notice a nice trend of readers sharing their bibles rebound in genuine leather and cowhide. I decided it was something I wanted to do, but I reasoned, if they can rebind a bible, could they maybe combine the bible with another book? I called the two companies most frequently mentioned on the website, Leonard’s and AA Leather. They both said they could in fact combine two books, as long as the books were the same size.
One afternoon I was reading the Compendium and I noticed something interesting. I had my bible out when I realized how close they were in size. I grabbed my tape measure out and sure enough, they were both 6”x9”!
“Eureka!” I said, (or at least would have if I were this was a movie). I would combine the Didache Bible, with the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church! These are the two books I carry around with me all the time anyway when I study my bible, it makes sense to place them under the same roof!
I boxed them up  and off they went to sunny South Florida at the headquarters of AA Leather. I patiently waited each day by my mailbox. After only two short weeks, the mailman knocked on my door and handed my a big package!
I chose forest green as the color with leather cowhide. And couldn’t be more happy with the work Andrew and the whole gang at AA Leather did for my bible. I love it so much, I want to just place it on my shelf and not touch it! We all know that’s not going to happen!

If you would like to see more, head on over the Jeff's site here.


Tom said...

That's pretty ingenious. I recently had a Didache rebound and had I read this I might've done the same as Jeff!

Thomas said...

How much do all these rebinds that everybody does average in cost?

Unknown said...

My costs from AA Leather were:

$119 - Cowhide Leather for the Didache and Compendium
$30 - Leather Liner
$20 - All of the print I had on the cover and side

And worth every penny.

Deacon Dave said...


Awesome project! I took a look at your site as well to get more background info. Beautiful result. I love the idea but tremble a bit at balancing that bad-boy size in one hand while teaching...although I guess it would save me time from the gym...:)

Kent G. Hare said...

That's actually less than I thought it would be. Since apparently there are slightly different size Didache Bibles out there, what are the dimensions of your finished product?

I really think the publishers should take note of this, both the number of people rebinding the DB just to get it in the more desireable "flexible" leather covers and this ingenuous idea of appending the Compendium.

Mark D. said...
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Unknown said...

If you're concerned about price, you might want to go look at Leonard's latest price list. They have impefect covers for $65/$75 depending on size (as long as you're not picky about the species or imperfections)