Book Repair / Conservation

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  1. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    This is going to be interesting, especially if the fine motor skills motor has stopped running...

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  2. Owen

    Owen -- --- -.. MOD

    Click link & get this.
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  3. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Ah, it seems to be cached on my phone. Probably taken down as it starts today *checks watch*
  4. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Try this...

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  5. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    Good luck!
    A mate of mine makes part of his living from quite high end bookbinding.
    I'm not allowed near any of it. Neither clean enough hands, nor enough fastidious neatness.
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  6. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Two books in bits so far! Tutor doesn't look worried though...
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  7. PsyWar.Org

    PsyWar.Org Archive monkey

    Envious! Surprisingly difficult to find a proper book binding course. Still looking for one locally to me.
  8. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    This one did seem a bit of a gift being an hour from home. Only got a couple of photos, being covered in paste and glue most of the day, but can't get them to an uploadable size on the phone.
    It's a strange feeling taking a scalpel to a book the first time...
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  9. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    I don't know if this will help but I use an app on my Android phone called Photo Resizer which lets me reduce pictures to an reasonable size for uploading.

    The closest I've got to book restoration is making a mylar cover for a couple of dust jackets. Did you choose to work on books that you value, and if so which ones?
  10. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Whether or not it was a wise choice, time will tell but I'm working on The Sikh Regiment in the Second World War and The Official History of the Indian Armed Forces in the Second World War: The Campaign in Italy - not exactly expendable but the textblocks in both were pretty much detached.

    Thankfully, I shouldn't have to retitle them...
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  11. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    The Campaign in Italy looks much the same as it did but The Sikh Regiment underwent a bit of a transformation:

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  12. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Rhino Review is a large, hard-to-store magazine format so it's been given the full works. The staples were in pretty good nick but I removed them and stitched everything to the new endpapers. The hinges of the cover, second and centre sections were reinforced with Japanese tissue strips before stitching.

    Nice though it is, it's not really an economical approach for pamphlets in general. I'm certainly thinking of removing rusty, paper-rotting staples from Small Arms Training pamphlets and the like then stitching them but not sure whether or not to reinforce as a matter of course.
  13. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

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  15. Seroster

    Seroster Canadian researcher

    I think I just discovered where I might be able to take a course here in Toronto.

    ... I cycle past it on my way to work!?

    edit: but it's not cheap and it's only offered once a year.
  16. idler

    idler GeneralList Patron

    Maybe it would be worth contacting the major libraries or universities to see if their conservators can offer any pointers? The impression I get from here is that everyone knows, or at least knows of, everyone else.

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