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[BKARTS] Leather conditioning



Some additional responses to Cara's query about her friend's Shakespeare
set.  I agree completely with Dorothy's advice.  Conservation studies
indicate that leather dressing can be harmful in the long run and is
mostly cosmetic.

I have an additional caution about housing books in those extremely
attractive barrister's cases.  Unfortunately, they can be very bad due to
the lack of air circulation and acid volatility from the woods used (oak
and pine are among the worst).  Most do not have the requisite layers of
appropriate coating to compensate.  Mylar is suggested as a barrier that
helps. For more information see the Conservation DistList Archive:
http://palimpsest.stanford.edu and type in a search on Acid Activity of
Wood.

Best wishes,

Wendy Jones, conservator
Shields Library
University of California
Davis, CA.

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