Conservation of a manuscript with one binding inside the other

Not uncommon to find waste material as part of a binding (parchment manuscripts, for instance), but quite much rare when the previous and original binding is part of the boards layers of the current recycled binding!
The outer and visible binding belonged first to a former book, and the hidden binding, to the current, one… crazy! Continue reading

Cores Symposium: Reversible vs Irreversible

Event: Cores Symposium. Dilemmas: Between cherishing damage and cleaning up this mess. Restorers, collection managers and researchers on conservation and restoration. Lecture: Reversible vs Irreversible. Organization: Syntrawest, Vlaanderen Departement Cultuur, Jeugd en media Venue: State Archives, Brugge (Belgium). Audience: Paper conservators, curators, historians, librarians, archivists. … 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