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BOOK CONSERVATION

ECS treats a wide range of bound material including medieval manuscripts and early printed books, modern books, Bibles, scrapbooks and pamphlets.  Conservation may include rehousing in custom-designed boxes and basic stabilization or full treatment with aqueous washing, deacidification, resewing and rebinding.

Treatment options are based on a thorough examination of the book, its intended use and how it will be stored.  Whenever possible, a book’s original materials are integrated into the treatment.  For example, original boards may be reused, fragments of the original spine may be mounted onto a new spine, or original endpapers with inscriptions and bookplates may be retained.  Books with covers too deteriorated for reuse are rebound in a style sympathetic to the original binding or to the period of the printed text.           

Equally important to preserving the appearance of a book is a sewing and binding structure that is sound and flexible.  Our goal is to produce books that open easily with minimal strain on the sewing, spine and board attachment.  Durable, high-quality materials are used exclusively in the conservation and restoration process.  Such materials may include leather, book cloths, linen threads and cord, alkaline buffered machine-made papers, hand-made papers and Japanese papers. 

In accordance with international conservation standards, materials and techniques used are reversible.  Treatments are documented with written and photographic records.  Photo-documentation is provided to the client upon request. 

Treatment Options for Books, Bibles, Pamphlets and Other Bound Materials:

¨      Surface-cleaning to remove surface dirt and dust

¨      Mold removal

¨      Removing mending tapes and adhesive residues

¨      Mending tears with either Japanese paper and starch paste adhesive or heat-set tissue

¨      Resewing loose pages

¨      Deacidification / alkalization of acidic papers

¨      Aqueous washing to remove ingrained dirt and to reduce acidity and stains

¨      Restoration of leather, cloth, paper or vellum covers

¨      Gold or blind tooling historic, period styles

¨      Books with deteriorated covers rebound in a similar style and material

¨      Custom-designed housing such as drop-spine boxes and four-flap enclosures

Telephone: 336-665-1317 or toll free 877-391-1317
FAX: 336-665-1319
Postal address: 7609 Business Park Drive, Greensboro, NC 27409