Sunday, February 15, 2009

Vellum Binding Conservation

The following set of images show the conservation of a 1700 full vellum binding.
Spine of book before conservation: upon receipt no spine was present leaving the textblock vulnerable to damage

Upper board and endpaper before conservation: due to the missing spine the endpapers were acting as the only method of attachment between the textblock and the case. This stress had caused the fold of the endpaper to stretch and break.

View of spine after conservation: a new vellum spine was measured, shaped and attached to the spine by slotting the new vellum under the lifted vellum of the upper and lower boards.

Upper board and endpaper after conservation: once the new spine was attached a Japanese paper hinge was pasted to the fold of the endpaper for added support.