JAMES REID-CUNNINGHAM
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Conservation of Publii Virgilii Maronis Opera, Paris, 1641

Condition:

Received in full leather binding apparently contemporary with the printing. The boards are still attached securely, but the spine is missing four panels, and the other three are loose. The leather is badly degraded, with a spot of gray pigment on the upper cover. There are broken corners and worn edges. There are extended patch linings of manuscript waste; one of the patch linings and parts of the underlying paper lining are detached. Sewn on 6 double cords; the sewing and lacing are intact. Edges sprinkled. Headbands missing.

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Treatment:

The leather and adhesive residue on the spine was removed with a poultice of methyl cellulose. The loose portions of the spine linings were re-adhered using wheat starch paste.

New extended linings of heavy weight kozo paper were adhered using wheat starch paste. There are new stuck-on headbands constructed with colored kozo paper and linen cord cores.

A hollow tube of medium weight handmade paper was adhered only on the top and bottom panels.

The volume was rebacked with calfskin toned with Roda Dye NF.

The lifted leather and turn-ins were re-adhered with Jade 403 PVA. The boards were plated between plexiglass sheets in a standing press.

The new leather was touched up with medium density acrylic pigments.

The original spine pieces were re-adhered using Jade 403 PVA.

The spine bands were tooled in gold, and the volume was titled in gold.

Conserved in 2019.

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