JAMES REID-CUNNINGHAM
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Nicholas Baylies’ manuscript ledger for 1772-1793 contains handwriting in a variety of inks, primarily iron gall ink.

The binding is full parchment with a cloth cover adhered only at the turn-ins; this was done before the marbled paper was pasted down. The inner joints are loose and the sewing supports are tearing through the pastedowns.

The flyleaves are missing, therefore it is unclear whether the cloth cover is original or was added later along with new marbled flyleaves.

The sewing is intact but a little loose, with loose sections at the front. There are many torn or crumpled leaves at front and back.

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Because of the presence of iron gall ink, the leaves were mended in areas with writing using remoistenable tissue, and in other areas with kozo paper.

There are new flyleaves and inner joints made of marbled paper chosen to match the paper used on the front pastedown. The flyleaves and repaired sections were sewn onto the existing vellum tapes using 18/3 linen thread.

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Where the cloth cover had come loose, it was re-adhered using wheat starch paste. The losses in the cloth cover were filled with airplane cotton and/or laminates of kozo paper using wheat starch paste, and colored with acrylic pigment.

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