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Re: [BKARTS] Should I avoid this?

Let's assume it's toxic, then sanding would be the worst as you'd breath
the dust in and spread it around. Assuming the book hasn't been rebound in
the latter half of the last century, pretty much any adhesive used would be
water soluble. Make up some thickish paste or methylcellulose, brush on ,
let it soak in, put on gloves and scrape off. Discard... That would bind it
nasty stuff in.

My thoughts.


At 08:39 PM 2/1/2005, you wrote:
Dear Book_Arts participants:
  In recasing old books--- ca 1870 or thereabouts--- I occasionally find
the base of the spine inside the cover painted with a green substance.
I thinking it could be Paris Green--- cupric acetoarsenate--- applied as
an anti-vermin measure.  Does anyone know for sure what it is?  Since
that substance is quite toxic, and I remove old glue by sanding, I'm
wondering whether I should exercise caution.


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