Birds Shown to the Children by M. K. C. Scott
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Spine detached but retained. One leaf detached. Mild surface dirt on cover and throughout.
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.
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.
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.