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Re: [BKARTS] removing tape residue & Repair of parchment

In your second question Christine, you asked about repairing a tear in the 

I have repaired some holes in the limp vellum cover of a 1630 copy of 
Mason's "Cure of Cares".   The vellum was cleaned and flattened and 
replaced on the text block with new vellum thongs.  Before doing this the 
missing corner and a hole torn out on the rear spine margin were repaired 
with new pieces of vellum carefully chamfered and inserted.  The corner 
had to folded over to complete the cover.    The adhesive I used was 
archival PVA.    The repairs were done in 1989 and are still holding firmly.

I see no reason why the same adhesive would not close your tear.  If there 
is a slight gap then perhaps paring some vellum as thin as possible to help 
strengthen and support the tear would be sensible.

Rodney Fry

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