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Re: [BKARTS] Johnson Edition, revised

On Sep 14, 2005, at 12:39 PM, J. J. Foncannon wrote:

I have tested the ph of the pages.  They are
moderately acid.
    The question is:  is there any hope for their longevity?

No one has suggested deacidification as a treatment.
One possibility is to spray the pages with either Wei T'o or the Bookkeeper solution, but that could be very costly. Another alternative is to send the books to Preservation Technologies where they would treat the books with the Bookeeper solution in special chambers --- contact Robert Strauss at 800-416-2665, or at strauss@xxxxxxxx for a cost estimate --- the price is quite reasonable.
Or, another treatment is to wash and deacidify the paper. Normally, this would mean disbinding to treat the individual pages. However, it is possible to wash and deacidifiy a bound book, especially if the sewing is in good condition --- see the AIC Book and Paper Group Annual, Volume 21, 2002, page 105, "Water Damaged Books: Washing Intact and Air Drying: a Novel(?) Approach.

Good Luck,
Bill Minter

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA  16695
Fax:   814-793-4045
Email:    wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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