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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