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Re: [BKARTS] freeing the pastedowns



On Dec 9, 2005, at 6:03 PM, J. J. Foncannon wrote:

Occasionally, people want me to recase a book, but want the old flyleaf and the old pastedown saved, because there may
be important graphics or signatures on them.
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Generally --- being aware that a signature or other inks could bleed --- the easiest way to remove an old endsheet is to soak the board (the split board) in water. If there is an original covering that is to be saved as well, OR, if the original covering has pigments or dyes that would bleed in the water, your best bet is to split the board. The board can be split with any thin tool. The inner split of board and endsheet can then be placed in a tray of water; then REMOVE THE remaining split of BOARD from the endpaper while the paper is being supported on a sheet of Reemay or similar. An alternative is to apply the water to only the split board and remove the various layers. After all traces of board and glue have been carefully removed, the paper can be dried and then lined with a thin sheet of Japanese paper using wheat starch paste.
Good Luck,
Bill Minter


William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA  16695
814-793-4020
Fax:   814-793-4045
Email:    wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx



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William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc. 4364 Woodbury Pike Woodbury, PA 16695 814-793-4020 Fax: 814-793-4045 Email: wminter@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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