2016 Treatments

Birds Shown to the Chil­dren by M. K. C. Scott
Circa 1920
Assessed 30 Sep­tem­ber 2015
Brown cloth case over mill­board, stamped in gold with full-color cen­ter­piece, spine lined with paper and mull. 18 gath­er­ings of two medium weight cream wove paper with sin­gle folio end­pa­pers of thicker paper tipped to textblock. Let­ter­press with 48 full-color plates.
Con­di­tion
Cloth split along hinge at head of spine, with losses along hinges and at tail and cor­ners. Textblock split through­out. Six leaves and many plates are detached, and some have been taped back in. Paper pos­si­bly lightly stained by mold.
Treat­ment
Removed from case and spine poul­ticed with methyl cel­lu­lose. Tape removed with air pen­cil, hep­tane in Pemulen gel, and microspat­ula. Sec­tions guarded as nec­es­sary with Japan­ese tis­sue and wheat starch paste. Resewn with linen thread and lined with Japan­ese tis­sue and aero­cot­ton. Case repaired with toned Japan­ese tis­sue and board cor­ners con­sol­i­dated with paste. Extended cloth hinge inserted under paste­down, and inner joints cov­ered with toned tissue.

 

 

 

The Holy War by John Bun­yan
Assessed 23 Octo­ber 2015
Half green sheep leather with mar­bled sides. Strip of arti­fi­cially grained brown leather as replace­ment spine. 26 three-folio sec­tions of medium-weight wove paper sewn two-on over sawn-in cords, with the outer two laced into boards. Let­ter­press with engraved illus­tra­tions.
Con­di­tion
Orig­i­nal spine miss­ing, new brown leather spine strip adhered with tape. Replace­ment spine split lon­gi­tu­di­nally. Sides lost along all edges, all cor­ners exposed and delam­i­nat­ing. Tape down gut­ter of both joints and first two spreads, caus­ing severe dis­col­oration. Textblock split in sev­eral places and eight sec­tions detached com­pletely. Some sec­tions over­sewn with thick black thread.
Treat­ment
Tape removed with hep­tane and white spirit. Loose pages guarded and textblock resewn with linen thread. Spine lined with Japan­ese tis­sue, aero­cot­ton, and paper. Boards slit and extended cloth hinge inserted. Rebacked with toned cloth.

 

Model Air­craft for Boys by W. Rigby
Pub­lished 1935
Assessed 23 Octo­ber 2015
Case bind­ing in white coated paper sewn all along over two tapes. Six four-folio sec­tionns of coated cream-colored wove paper let­ter­press printed with line draw­ing illus­tra­tions. Case off­set printed in red, yel­low, and blue. Ink inscrip­tion on left fly­leaf.
Con­di­tion
Spine detached but retained. One leaf detached. Mild sur­face dirt on cover and through­out.
Treat­ment
Rebacked with paper, orig­i­nal spine lined with tis­sue and reat­tached. Loose page hinged with tis­sue sutures.

 

Naval & Mil­i­tary Gazette 1865
Assessed 9 Novem­ber 2015
Vel­lum half bind­ing with green vel­lum sides. Sewn two-on over five cords. Spine titled in brown ink. New spine lin­ings of kozo, cloth, and white paper, with new stuck-on linen end­bands sewn over rec­tan­gu­lar core cov­ered in cloth. Thin cream-colored wove paper of newsprint qual­ity, pre­sum­ably printed weekly then bound as sin­gle vol­ume. Mar­bled made end­pa­pers sewn through fold.
Con­di­tion
Boards reat­tached with extended cloth lin­ing by board slot­ting method. Right hinge split, left hinge fail­ing. Spine split with losses along head and tail. Text paper extremely brit­tle and tear­ing at foredge through­out. Right fly­leaf and last page detached but retained in sep­a­rate folder. New end­bands do not fit under head­caps. Evi­dence of tape removed from end­pa­pers and pre­vi­ous repairs to fly­leaves and textblock through first two sec­tions.
Treat­ment
Repaired tears to spine with kozo and EVA lam­i­nate and wheat starch paste. Paper spine lin­ing poul­ticed with methyl cel­lu­lose and end­bands replaced with aero­cot­ton over cord core. Spine relined with paper. Hinges sup­ported with kozo-EVA lam­i­nate. Joints cov­ered with toned tissue.