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An introduction to archival book restoration


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An introduction to archival book restoration

  1. 1. © Vaibhav chauhan, Sumeet kumar An Introduction to archival/rare book repair/restorationTitle:Author:No. of Pages:Rare (Yes / No):Signed (Yes / No):Period: 1. Detailed documentation ( Photo/ Text ) 2. Next step involves numbering of the pages and the book needs to be unbounded and therefore sewing should be opened with utmost care. 3. Dry cleaning with non staining erasers and soft Japanese brushes 4. Testing of the printing of the book for its solubility in water, If the ink is soluble, then the pages should be de-acidified with non aqueous otherwise use aqueous method for de-acidification. 5. The de-acidification by Barium Hydroxide / Calcium hydroxide (aqueous).An Introduction to archival/rare book repair/restoration
  2. 2. © Vaibhav chauhan, Sumeet kumar 6. After de-acidification, sizing is required and the pages should be laminated with Japanese tissue paper of minimum thickness using starch paste / methyl cellulose with the help of soft Japanese brushes. 7. Once the lamination is done, the pages should be dried under felt to avoid folds or creases and finally and should be pressed / fully straightened under binder press by using TST sheets. 8. Now the pages are to be arranged according to the numbering and required to be sewn including new cover pages which are non acidic in nature with the help conservation / non acidic threads using binder’s table.An Introduction to archival/rare book repair/restoration
  3. 3. © Vaibhav chauhan, Sumeet kumar 9. The sewn book needs to be pasted with Churt paper at the spine using vegetable glue. 10. Now the new cover should be made using mount boards, bukhram and marble paperAn Introduction to archival/rare book repair/restoration
  4. 4. © Vaibhav chauhan, Sumeet kumar11. Finally the book needs to be fixed in the cover End result Copyright: The images are copyrighted but free for academic use with proper credit to the authors. No commercial use is permitted without the permission of the authorsReference: Authors are practicing archival conservators with a experience of more than 8 years.The images are from a project undertaken by the authors for Karnataka State Archives (2008 -2010).An Introduction to archival/rare book repair/restoration
  5. 5. © Vaibhav chauhan, Sumeet kumarWe give advice on all matters related to:• Storage• Handling and display of archival material• Art on paperWe are responsible for the care of all paper-based materials, including books, maps,manuscripts, posters etc. Our conservation studio is a specialized one that works on paper, itsallied materials and paintings. Our studio works principally for individual collections, localauthorities, public sector and Government organizations. We provide advice on Preventive aswell as Curative Conservation. We favor a collaborative approach to conservation projects,whenever required, through conservation of objects, workshops, presentations, and exhibitionsusing well-trained and experienced staff. Treatments range from basic stabilization to completerestoration.For more information contact:Vaibhav Chauhan, Kumarsumeet.kumar@albion.inAn Introduction to archival/rare book repair/restoration