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Re: [BKARTS] Recent Fan and Perfect Bindings Discussions - Repair of Perfect Bindings ...

Rodney, while fan binding is appropriate for many library materials, for
those which you described (copied below), I would create gatherings
(signatures) using long-fiber tissue and wheat starch paste after removing
any former adhesive residue, then sew the gatherings through the folds.  I
realize this is more labor intensive, but if approached systematically, the
guarding doesn't take all that long.

I realize the books were originally adhesive bound and that current adhesives
are more chemically stable, but because of the books' age and probable
scarcity (I haven't done a search on the titles), I wouldn't re-adhesive bind
them or consider trimming them to any extent.

Again, this is not to dispute the improvements of adhesive binding and its
value in modern binding, just a thought to apply the technique selective when
rebinding/conserving bound materials.

Hope this is helpful.

Nancy H. Nitzberg
B O O K - C A R E
Elkins Park,  Penn.

In a message dated 11/12/2002 9:12:58 AM Eastern Standard Time,
rod.fry@AMSJV.COM writes:

> Briefly a description of their state:--  One is Wood's "General Conchology",
> (1835), [this leather half binding with marbled boards is probably later
> than
> 1836 when the perfect binding patent was first issued] with a text block
> about
> 2in thick.   The book is a reasonable size 6"x9". It has about 60
> hand-coloured
> plates on paper ca 0.008" thick, which I don't think is coated (query -
> were
> coated papers available then?).  The text is on 0.005" paper; all edges are
> gilt.  The bindings is in reasonable condition, but almost separated from
> the
> text block.  The spine is slightly rounded with well formed shoulder joints
> and
> covered with thin cloth (ca 80 threads/in) in turn covered by a pasted-on
> hollow.  The text block appears to only have been held in place by the
> hollow
> back and the marbled, made end-papers, the linen providing no structural
> support. The lining has completely separated and is covered with the usual
> fine
> reddish-brown adhesive.
> The spine surface is quite smooth (not roughened?) and appears to have been
> formed or rounded, such as it is, by machine.
> The other is Paul's "Sepulchral Slabs of N.W.Somersetshire", (1882), with a
> text block about 3/4 in thick.  This is larger at about 11" x14" bound in
> cloth
> with thick boards.  The paper is the same throughout, about 0.01" thick.
> Again
> it does not seem to be coated, the plates are lithographs.  The spine in
> this
> case was also rounded, but covered first with thick paper and then open
> weave
> mull which was taken under the paste downs.  This is also completely
> separated.
> My problem and question is should I carry out the fan binding

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