I decided to do a book cover binding technique I have seen many others do. So I took the "guts" out of this old atlas and then used hemp to bind each signature into the spine of the book. I used some binding tape I had on had and a few pieces of card stock to reinforce the binding before sewing in the signatures.
Here are a few pictures:
I added some buttons and beads to the hemp threads that were left hanging
I may add some embossing to the cover, it is such a cool old book ...
Inside front cover
a few pages ...
I added a piece of wax paper to keep the pages from sticking together.
I used glass matte medium back then. Sometimes sticks together.