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Re: saving staple signature bindings

The books that jcpratt describes are closer to what I am encountering, _except_
that these are published in Germany.

This is really piquing my interest.  These bindings are not restricted to
Germany and central/northern Europe.  They were also made in Australia and the
U.S.  What are the dates for these other countries?  Are there any sources,
articles, books about this peculiar binding method?


--- John & Carol Pratt wrote:
I haven't seen anyone discussing American staple bindings.  They're not
all that uncommon, actually, and I have repaired several 19th century
items.  Nasty.  The old staples often eat through the paper, leaving big
holes and releasing the folios.  The old linings tend to be very thin,
brittle and friable.  Some simply fall apart.  I charge extra to disbind
and resew, because they are such a pain (literally) to take apart.  The
old staples break readily, leaving part embedded.  I don't  offer to
glue-bind these.
--- end of quote ---

Eric C. Alstrom
                         Collections Conservator
Baker Library
Dartmouth College        603-646-1452
Hanover, NH              (fax) 603-646-3702


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