So here I am.
I changed it. Again. Well, if Skoggard had put a better cover on it in the first place I would still be sleeping now!
I had an extra giclee of The Ascension of Christ just lying around the house. (Doesn't everyone?) so I decided to apply it over the velvet. I carefully cut the antique vestment applique off the front first to use for another project, then simply cut and applied the canvas to the book in the same manner as the original dust jacket. I left the edges unravelled so that, in time, the cover would take on the look of an antique painting remnant. It wasn't long enough to cover the back so I simply folded it and allowed the red velvet to show.
Funny, it doesn't look that lumpy in real life!?
Rayon velvet is really difficult to photograph!
I may antique it with a dark glaze or I may change it altogether! I'm so capricious! I'm still using my ostrich feather bookmark, though! At least until the kitties discover it!
I really like the idea of using a canvas to cover a book. I purchased about 20 canvas giclee reproductions on ebay a few years back. Many of them are 11x14, which is a bit on the small side for this house of ginormous proportions. I am looking at my other decorating books to see who's next!