NASHVILLE JOURNAL OF MEDICINE AND SURGERY 1851
This mid-19th century Medical publication has sustained heavy wear from many years of use. A previous repair was attempted using pre-gummed fabric tape on the inside hinges, but this only led to furthering damage in already vulnerable areas of the book. In addition, the front page was torn and the pastedowns and first several leaves were moderately soiled. The binding sustained the brunt of the damage, exhibiting fully detached boards and lost spine leather with only a small fragment of the original label remaining as well as an area of a severe opening.
The moderately soiled pages of the book were surface cleaned then the pre-gummed fabric tape and adhesive residue was removed from the inner hinges. Torn pages were mended with mulberry fiber paper and wheat starch paste. The spine of the book was cleaned and relined with layers of mulberry fiber paper, linen cloth, and high quality machine made paper which eased the opening angle to prevent future damage to the sewing. The book was re-backed with a new spine piece constructed from linen and mulberry paper laminate which had been custom colored with acrylics to match the original leather remnants. New spine labels were stamped with gold foil on high quality, colored, machine made paper.
EVANGELIKOS KERYX 1857-1871
This book came into the lab with a damaged binding and a structurally sound textblock. The most pronounced damage occurred at the top third of the spine, which was missing entirely. In addition the leather areas of the binding exhibited typical signs of degradation such as red rot and a fragile grain layer prone to flaking.
An infill for the missing spine area was constructed from layers of mulberry paper custom colored with acrylics to match the remaining original leather. This new spine piece was incorporated with the original spine remnants and a new spine label was stamped using gold foil. After consolidating degraded areas of the original leather binding, the spine piece was reattached to the textblock completing the repair.