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Re: leather red rot
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: Re: leather red rot
- From: "Jack C. Thompson" <tcl@TELEPORT.COM>
- Date: Sat, 19 Jun 1999 04:40:19 -0400
- Message-Id: <199906190840.BAA19838@palimpsest.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "Book_Arts-L: READ THE FAQ at http://www.dreamscape.com/pdverhey" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
Once leather has deteriorated to the point of 'red rot' it is gone. It
no longer has any strength or structural integrity.
It is possible to consolidate such leather, but the solutions are static
solutions. Treated books will not stand up to much use.
If the books in question are to be used, re-bind them; if they are to be
displayed only, apply consolidants.
There ain't no free lunch.
Jack C. Thompson
Thompson Conservation Laboratory