JAMES REID-CUNNINGHAM
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Conservation of: A Geographical Companion, London, 1802.

Condition:

Quarter straight grain morocco binding with marbled boards and gilt titling and decoration on the spine. The corners are bumped.

There is pressure-sensitive tape on both sides of the upper joint, extending from mid-spine onto the leather on the board.

Headcaps missing, no headbands, no edge decoration.

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Treatment:

The pressure-sensitive tape was removed using a heated spatula and crepe square. In places, toluene was used to remove additional adhesive residue.

The extant spine was faced with Crompton’s tissue using isopropyl alcohol. The spine was lifted.

The remnants of leather and adhesive on the spine were removed using a poultice of methyl cellulose.

The spine was lined with kozo paper adhered using wheat starch paste.

There are new inner hinges made of kozo paper adhered using wheat starch paste.

The leather along the spine edges of the boards was lifted and the volume was rebacked with red goatskin toned with Roda NF dye.

The original spine was re-adhered using Jade 403 PVA and the facing was removed with isopropyl alcohol.

The binding was touched up with acrylic pigments.

Conserved in 2020.

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