Limp vellum binding conservation

Owner: Private collection. Artefact: Semi limp vellum binding (semi because the cardboards inside the covers provide it a certain body, even if they are not pasted onto the parchment). 17th-18th century. Printed book. Damages: Parchment loss on the spine, locks … Continue reading

Conservation of romantic album

Owner: Museum of History of Barcelona (MUHBA). Object: Romantic album (reference MHCB 42054 from the Museum), from the 3rd quarter of 19th century. It contains drawings, paintings (among which some attributed to Fortuny, one by Pérez Villaamil, one Gustave Doré, … Continue reading

Conservation of parchment codex with wooden boards

Owner: Sant Martí Sarroca council (Barcelona, Spain). Object: Manuscripted codex, with parchment sheets and wooden boards covered with leather. 16th century score with gregorian songs from the chapel Sant Pere ad Vincula of the Vernet tower. Damages: Mold, woodworm and rat losses, mutilation, … Continue reading

Mould treatment and conservation of archive holdings

Owner: Diputació de Barcelona. Object: Archive holdings and stationery bindings damaged by mould. Damages: Losses and stains due to mold and insects. Cockling, stains, dirt. Conservation treatment: Mold treatment, cleaning, consolidation of damaged areas. New binding of the damaged books.

Stationery limp vellum binding with flap

Limp vellum binding with flap. 18th century. Manuscript with cook recipes.
Damages: Parchment loss on the spine and front cover. Broken lock and borken spine reinforcing made of leather which hold the sewing. the locks were lost too. The parchment had been soaked in oil in former interventions to “protect” it. Continue reading

Paperback books conservation. Scouting library

Owner: Youth Documentary Center – Direcció General de Joventut. Generalitat de Catalunya (catalan government). Artefact: Joan Ballester Collection, paperback books (or perfect bound books) about boy-scouts movement (s.XIX-XX).

Conservation of oversized velvet album book

Owner: Military History and Culture Center (Barcelona). Artefact: “Atlas histórico y topográfico de la guerra de África, sostenida por la nación española contra el imperio marroquí en 1859 y 1860” (Historical and topographical atlas of the african war, sustained by the spanish nation against … Continue reading

Conservation of incunabula books from Public Library Carles Rahola

Owner: Public Library Carles Rahola (Girona, Spain). Object: 23 Incunabula books, with limp and semi-limp vellum bindings, as well as some full leather on board bindings. Date: 1493-1500. Damages:  Conservation treatment:  Conservators: Clàudia Callau, Rita Udina.