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Re: adhesive for perfectbinding

Hewit makes a reversible PVA which is available from Bookbinder's
Warehouse, 31 Division St., Keyport, NJ 07735, 908-264-0306.

It is possible to perfect bind using PVA with a "cleat" reinforcement,
and to round the spine as well:

Place the book is the laying press and cut a series of opposing diagonal
slots across the spine at about 1" intervals. Raise the book up in the
press about half-way so the spine has some "air" in it. Apply a wide
piece of tape over the spine to hold the pages in place temporarily (I
use the plastic package tape). Remove the book from the press and gently
(!) round the spine into shape. Reinsert the book into the press, again
about half-way, and fan out and apply the adhesive as usual. Lay aside
under a light weight until dry. Finally, once again put the book in the
press and glue a piece of thread into each slot, gluing down the frayed
ends to the front and back of the text block under the area where the
endpapers will be tipped on. Line up the spine as usual.
This method provides a "normal" book shape and securely holds the pages
in place.

Jack Fitterer

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