A Book of Puddings | an unpublished scrapbook
by Kathleen A Christmas
Hollow back, fully bound in green sheep skiver, embossed with a straight grain.
BINDING The volume in was in several pieces, with both boards detached and deteriorated at the edges. The corners were worn and fragile, particularly at the front board bottom foredge. The spine cover was not present and the spine lining was loose, as was the back board cover.
TEXT BLOCK Many of the folios were damaged and split at the spine. There was substantial staining throughout the book from food debris and ink, but no ink corrosion was apparent. The paper had survived well apart from the spine, with minor repairs along the edges.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Many additional newspaper cuttings were stored throughout binding, which may have been the cause of the spine splitting. Page 55 also had evidence of previous repairs, possibly contemporary with the binding, which were to be kept in place.
- Cleaned using a chemical sponge.
- Additional material was paginated.
- Previous repairs were removed for sewing and re-adhered in the same location.
- Folios were guarded using Tengujo 11gsm to reduce bulk, and Kozo Shi 23gsm, where stronger repairs were necessary.
- Where folios were completely split, kozo shi 23gsm was used on the outside to produce structure and Tengujo 11gsm used on the inside to add support.
- Pages that were deliberately cut by the owner and were too short for resewing, were extended using kozo shi 23gsm.
- Fragile edges were consolidated with MC 5%.
- Text block was resewn with linen thread onto three linen sewing stations.
- Three pages were too wide for the book, these were pulled back and adhered to the spine with japanese tissue to prevent protrusion.
- Deacidification of newsprint articles with Bookkeeper.
- Digital records of all inserted material stored on compact disc.
- Sewing was removed.
- Adhesive removed from adhered sections – animal glue, removed with hot water and cellulose powder.
- Spine lined with two layers of Kozo Shi, leaving wide overhangs to attach boards.
- Spine then lined with Griffen Mill 80gsm Falcon Laid and sanded to remove sewing station swell.
- Leather was lifted around the board edges in preparation of the board reattachment and edge repair.
- Leather was consolidated using Cellugel.
- Corners were built up using Manila pulp and wheat starch paste, and then covered in a toned Japanese tissue
- Boards were attached using linen sewing stations, which were frayed for better adhesion, along with the extended spine lining.
- Goatskin, was paired and toned with selaset dyes, then lined with fraynot for added strength.
- Compensation strips in leather, were adhered to the board edges adjacent to the spine.
- The volume was then rebacked with the new goatskin spine and the loose leather was re-adhered around new spine piece and corners.
- Creation of four flap folder, with inbuilt manilla textblock to hold inserted material.
- Creation of a clamshell box for final enclosure.