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[BKARTS] Crispy paper



Regarding Joycelyn's query about what to do with the 1910 Polish book with
the very brittle pages, there are some options given the non-rare aspect
of the book.

As far as I know, color xerox is not considered a proven replacement in
archival terms.  Are the flyleaf and other front pages colored, or just
tan/browned older paper?  If they are the same as the text, try to
find a comparable paper (weight, tone, laid or wove) and replace the very
brittle pages with that.  If there is text on the pages, find a toned
paper and use b/w xerox to reproduce them--or scan the pages onto the
appropriate paper.

If they are Bible paper, we have successfully used the reproduction Bible
paper from Shepherds Bookbinders in London to replace badly damaged
endpapers and flyleaves.

If replacing the papers, you're right that tipping-in would put too much
stress on the adjacent pages.  Light hinges of toned Japanese paper (wet
torn to minimize the breaking edge) applied with wheat paste will work
quite well.

Lining the pages or doing paper repair is difficult if the book will ever
be used.  Paper that fragile does not do well even with the lightest of
repairs.  Encapsulation seems unlikely as a solution.

Given that the book has sentimental value for the owner, but isn't rare,
you and the owner can decided what should be done and how much intended
use it will have. Trim the shattered pages or replace them if the
owner wishes.  Creating a box to house the book would be a good idea, as
would determining if environmental conditions are good where it will be
stored.

Good luck,

Wendy Jones, Preservation Dept.
University of California, Davis

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