The Abbey Newsletter

Volume 7, Number 2
May 1983


Literature

Conferences & Professional Publications

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Timothy Barrett. Nagashizuki. (This book is not in print again, although it was announced recently in PCN. Henry Morris, whose Bird and Bull Press published it in 1979, says he has not reprinted it and does not expect to. It was sold out soon after it appeared.)

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Conference on the Cold Storage of Motion Picture Films, Washington, DC, April 21-23, 1980. Proceedings. Sponsored by the American Film Institute and the Library of Congress. Edited by Lawrence F. Karr. Distributed without charge by American Film Institute Archives, J. F. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC 20S66. 61 pp. Interesting reading even for non-specialists; tells why some films, like The Restoration of Books: Florence 1968, have gone all pink, and why some others are lost forever, like Old Man and the Sea, Oklahoma, Les Girls, and Tea and Sympathy. Describes what is being done by whom to preserve films.

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Preservation and New Technology Occasional Papers. An intermittent series of papers published by the Library of Congress, edited by William J. Welsh, Deputy Librarian of Congress. No. 1 was January 1983 and was two pages long: "From the Curbstone: Copyright Issues in Video Disk Storage of Library of Congress Collections," by David L. Ladd.

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Communique. Newsletter published by the Association for Preservation Technology, P0 Box 216S, Albuquerque, NM 87195. $8/year; six/year. Covers preservation of buildings. Scope overlaps with library preservation in the areas of principles of conservation, fumigation, conservation of original libraries & art works in historic houses, environmental control, promoting preservation awareness, relationship with crafts, and training. Not new: volume 12 is 1983.

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"Deacidification of Degraded Linen," by Elizabeth E. Peacock, Studies in Conservation 28: 8-14, 1983. The author reviewed methods of accelerated aging for textiles and chose two methods: 70°C and 50% RH, and 0.01N H2SO4 immersion for six hours. She evaluated the effect of magnesium-based aqueous and nonaqueous deacidification on color, tensile strength, stiffness, pH and weight before and after aging, and concludes that they reduce the rate of deterioration of artificially degraded linen during accelerated aging. This may have relevance to binders' and librarians' search for better bookbinding cloth.

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IPH Information, 3-4, 1982. (Bulletin of the IPH) This volume contains articles on anti-moth paper (must be the "ten thousand year paper" used in China, containing red lead, reported earlier in AN) and beta-radiography (the preferred way of getting images of watermarks because the writing doesn't show).

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Conservation and Restoration of Paper in Books, Documents and Works of Art. To be published by Brepols, Baron Frans du Fourstraat B, B-2300 Turnhout, Belgium.

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A. Koura and Th. Krause, "Untersuchungen zur Konservierung und Restaurierung von Papier durch Imprägnierung mit Achrylharzen." Das Papier, 36: March 1982.

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International Association of Paper Historians. IPH Yearbook. Vol. 1 (19B0) and Vol. 2 (1981) have appeared to date. Sold to nonmembers by IPH Edition, Steinbühlallee 189, CH-4054 Basle, Switzerland. SFr 4S.--+ postage or about $23. Illustrated. Articles usually in French or German but all have English summaries. The volumes have 221 and 388 pages, respectively.

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"Excerpts on Leather, Vol. 2-6, 1978-82" reprints material that appeared in the Abbey Newsletter during this period. 12 pp. Includes a one-page summary of Betty Haines' 1977 report of the BLMRA 35-year study; "Brief Study of Investigations on the Deterioration of Leather" and "Research on the Dressing & Preservation of Leather" from the April 1981 issue; and numerous shorter items. Available for $1.00 from the Newsletter office. Payment in stamps is acceptable.

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Leather Conservation--A Current Survey, edited by James Jackman. The Leather Conservation Centre, Leather Trade House, Kings Park Road, Moulton Park, Northampton NN3 lJD England. 1982. Surveys and discusses the need for a specialist conservation center and describes methods currently used in treatment of wet and dry leather in the UK's conservation labs, This is the second in a monograph series, the first of which was The Fibre Structure of Leather.

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Poster of the Designer Bookbinders' exhibition at Austin with every exhibit reproduced in full color on one side and a large color photograph of Don Etherington's binding of James Joyce's Ulysses on the other. $10 plus postage from Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Box 7219, Austin, TX 78712.

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ICOM Committee for Conservation. 6th Triennial Meeting, Ottawa 21-25 September 1981. Preprints. 4 vols. $100 from ICCROM. ICCROM publications are also distributed by Preservation Resource Group (PEG), 5619 Southampton Dr., Springfield, VA 22151 (703) 323-1407; inquire.

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"Regional Services: 'Helping Museums Help Themselves'," by J. C. McCawley and P. R. Ward. CCI, The Journal of the National Museums of Canada and Canadian Conservation Institute, 4:14-19, 1980. Describes CCI's Mobile Conservation Laboratory in its first year of operation. The conservators who staff the mobile lab are all women.

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The Paper Conservator, Vol. 5/6, 1980/81 (pub. 1983). Special issue entitled "Safety and Health in the Paper Conservation Laboratory," ad. by Guy Petherbridge and J. Malcolm Harrington. 184 p. Published by the Institute of Paper Conservation, P0 Box 17, London WC1N 2PE, England. Annual overseas membership £11.00; back issues £9.00 to nonmembers.

Guy Petherbridge is the author or co-author of five of the 12 articles. Other authors are Margaret Hey, Peter Diamond, BOHS (British Occupational Hygiene Association), Peter Stone, Richard Rycroft, J. Malcolm Harrington, John D. Riley and Michael McCann.

"Although the germ of this manual is the proceedings of [IPC's conference, 'Safety in the Paper Conservation Laboratory,' October 4, 1977], the need for comprehensive coverage of the subject has necessitated very considerable extension and expansion." On p. 101-160 is a series of one-page data sheets fur ready reference, giving the description, uses, TLVs, health effects, treatment and precautionary measures on acetone, ammonium hydroxide, calcium hydroxide, chloramine T, ethylene oxide, formaldehyde, hydrogen peroxide, methanol, morpholine, naphthalene, naphtha, sodium borohydride, sulphuric acid, tetrahydrofuran, thymol, toluene, methyl chloroform and other compounds. Articles cover hazardous processes, physical hazards, fire protection, storage and disposal, protective clothing and equipment, fume hoods, lighting, skin problems, first aid, legal aspects and safety and health organizations.

Bibliographies and Other Lists

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International Directory of Book Collectors, 1981-1983. Ann Arbor: R.R. Bowker Co., 19B1. 352 p.

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International Directory of Private Presses. 2nd ed. Sacramento: Westreich's Pr. of Arden Park, 1980. 132 p.

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The National Preservation Program Office at the Library of Congress now has a list of 34 "audiovisual resources for the preservation and conservation of library and archival materials" that it will lend to organizations and institutions in the United States for up to four weeks. Borrowers must insure the return parcel and are asked to evaluate the item; otherwise, no charge. The list includes the very good Yale slide set on care & handling, items on paper conservation, paper making, environmental control, and a 19-minute slide-tape presentation by the National Preservation Program Office, "Planning a Preservation Program." For list and brochure, write National Preservation Program Office, Preservation Reference Service [sic], The Library of Congress, Washington, DC 20540. (202) 287-5213.

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International Index on Training in Conservation of Cultural Property. Cynthia Rockwell, ed. ICCROM, Rome, 19B2. 141 p. Also available from PRG, 5619 Southampton Dr., Springfield, VA 22151. $5.00.

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Gary Frost. A Short Vocabulary of Terms for Book Conservation Practice. 1983. 15 illus., 145 terms. Unpublished; apply to author. This is a revision of the vocabulary presented at last year's AIC meeting.

Bookbindings

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Buchrestaurierung, Methoden und Ergebnisse (an exhibit catalog from 1971-72). Bayrische Staatsbibliothek. Includes interesting photographs of several kinds of headbands and clasps. 20 DM (about $9) from Dr. Ludwig Reichert Verlag, Wiesbaden, 62 Wiesbaden-Dotzheim, Reisstrasse 10, West Germany.

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Howard N. Nixon. British Bookbindings Presented by Kenneth H. Oldaker to the Chapter Library of Westminster Abbey. Maggs Bros. Ltd., 50 Berkeley Square, London W1X 6EL. 160 p. £21 + postage.

"English Bookbinding and the Continental Woodblock Tradition," by Bernard McTigue. Printing History 3: 20-29, 1981. Illustrations show eight old leather bindings stamped with woodblocks.

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"The Fourteen Faces of Ourika," by W. Thomas Taylor. Fine Print, 9: 14-13, 1983. Describes the bindings he commissioned on fourteen copies of the same book. Pictured are those by Michael Wilcox, Fritz Eberhardt, Lage Carlson, Jamie Kampf, Susan Spring Wilson, Don Etherington, and Gérard Charrière.

Standards & Practical Guides

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Fear of Filing: A Beginner's Handbook on Record Keeping and Federal Taxes for Performers, Visual Artists and Writers. 3rd ed. Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, 1560 Broadway, Suite 711, New York, MY 10036 (212) 575-1150. 1982. Supplement, 1983.

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The Care and Handling of Books. A slide/tape show. [and] Simple Repairs for Library Materials (1981). A slide/tape show with models of various storage containers, and six pamphlets. Each show rents for $20.00. The first sells for $100, the second for $120. Both available from Conservation Department, Yale University Library, New Haven, CT 06520.

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French bookbinding manuals: Four were mentioned by respondents in the Abbey Newsletter survey of readers last year. They are listed here as given by the respondents:

Simone Lemoine. Le Manual Pratique du Relieur.
Yves Devaux. Dorure et Decoration des Reliures.
Jules Faches. Reliure.
Mine. Wolf-LeFrance [LeFranc]. La Reliure.

There is a review in English of the last book in the Binders' Guild Newsletter for March. There is a co-author, Ch. Vermuyse; both are professors at l'Ecole Estienne, a school that trains bookbinders and other craftsmen and artists. "It is really remarkable how much solid, easy-to-follow information has been packed into this text." Many of the illustrations are reproduced in this review, to prove the point.

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Statistics, by David Freedman, Robert Pisani and Roger Purves. W.W. Norton. [and] Sampling Techniques, by William Cochran. 3rd ad. John Wiley. These are two good references for librarians planning to do a sample survey of their collection, recommended by an assistant professor of statistics who has had experience designing such surveys. He says that data of a similar sort can be found in the market research field.

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"Guidelines for College and University Archives" by the SAA contains many recommendations oriented to conservation, most but not all based on accurate and up-to-date knowledge of conservation. Chicago: SAA, (19827). 12 pp. $2. 00.

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Crafts Report for April contains one article on a system for pricing, and another on time management by delegating and consolidating tasks.

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Mary Todd Glaser has a recipe for starch paste in the April Framer. She says not to refrigerate it, but to add thymol, dissolved first in methanol.

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Titles now available in the Crafts Council's series on science for conservators:

  1. An Introduction to Materials. $11.50
  2. Cleaning Books. $11.50
  3. Adhesives and Coatings. $12.00

In preparation: books on measurement, deterioration and reading scientific papers. Write Conservation Section, Crafts Council, 12 Waterloo P1., London SWlY 4AU.

Commercially Available Publications

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Sam Ellenport describes the invention and working of his new gilding machine (hand-held) in The New Library Scene for November/December 1982, in the "profile" section. He says the new process is not only remarkably quick, but it gives good results even with poor quality paper. Details from Sam Ellenport, Harcourt Bindery, 9-11 Harcourt St., Boston MA 02116.

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Buchrestaurierung: Das Grundwissen des Buch-und Papier-restaurators. Leipzig: Fachbuchverlag, 1981 242 p. DM60.00.

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The Book of Kells, ed. by Peter Brown. Barnes & Noble/Sale Annex, 126 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10011. In January it was on sale for $14.95, down from $22.50.

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Douglas C. McMurtrie. The Book: The Story of Printing and Bookmaking. Barnes & Noble/Sale Annex. In January it was on sale for $24.95, down from $50.

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"Conservation Profile: The Northeast Document Conservation Center," by Susan E. Schur. Technology & Conservation 3: 32-39, 1982.

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