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Conservation Gallery


Below are a few examples of recent book and archive conservation work completed by Karen Vidler. Karen's studies in Leather Technology and part completion of a PhD into bookbinding leather decay has informed the conservation work she undertakes in the conservation of leather bindings.


Leather Bookbinding Conservation

Before: Six volume set early 19thC full leather bindings. All boards detached, caps damaged, discoloured leather dressing on spine promoting leather hardening
After: Old leather dressing reduced with solvent treatment, caps humidified and dyed-tooled cap repairs, suture board reattachment, Etherington joint repairs


 
Before: 19thC Stationery Binding with detached spine, broken sewing and detaching boards




 
After: Front and spine view showing boards reattached, new spine leather under original spine leather


Cloth Binding Conservation


Before: Detached spine of gold blocked cloth-case binding with acidic spine linings
 
After: Replaced spine with handmade paper linings and spine repaired with toned aerolinen spine piece

Tortoishell Binding Conservation

 
Before: Victorian Tortoiseshell cover with detached back corner piece


 
After: Reattached corner using Fynebond Conservation adhesive - See article about this project here


Vellum  Bookbinding Conservation

 
Before: Discoloured previous repair to gap and split joints at head and tail

 
After: Removal of repair with Methyl Cellulose poultice, attached aerolinen joint repairs laminated with toned Kozushi 23 gsm repair paper attached with Lascaux 498HV