The conservation rebinding of a heavy, cloth-bound octavo:

Theodore Roosevelt, Big Game Hunting, G. P. Putnam’s Sons, New York, 1899.


The volume measures 11 ½” x 8 ¾” x 2 ¾” (29.2 x 22.3 x 7 cm) and is extremely heavy. This original publisher’s cloth case binding was repaired in the past with pressure-sensitive tape in the joints and on the flyleaves. It was also repaired in the past using a PVA-type adhesive to reattach the spine to the textblock. The cloth binding is discolored from use and light, such that the original tan cloth is darkened in places, especially the spine and joints. There is a large circular stain on the front cover, probably from a damp glass. Several leaves at the front and back are loose and damaged along the edges. The paper is stable but stiff and easily damaged.


Conservation treatment:

The pressure sensitive tape was removed using a heated spatula. The spine linings were removed using a poultice of methyl cellulose. The original sewing and headbands were retained. The spine was relined with heavyweight kozo paper using wheat starch paste. The damaged leaves were mended and the loose leaves were hinged back on with kozo paper using wheat starch paste. There are new inner hinges of kozo paper. There is an extended lining of cotton and a 1-on-2-off hollow tube of antique endleaf paper adhered with 50/50 Jade 403 PVA/methyl cellulose.

The new binding utilizes a lapped component structure, with a bonnet of heavyweight kozo paper and a spine strip of 10 pt. card stock. The volume was rebacked with cotton colored with acrylic pigments. The lifted cloth and paper and new inner hinges were re-adhered, as was the original spine. The mends were blended into the original material using acrylic pigments.

Conserved in 2021.







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