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Re: [BKARTS] speaking of mold



If the black stuff you were wiping off were mold, it sounds like there would
be enough for the book to smell moldy.  It is common for the leather
directly on the spine to deteriorate faster than the covers, even on a
half-/quarter-binding.


Chad Longley
chad.longley@xxxxxxx
 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Book_Arts-L [mailto:BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On 
> Behalf Of Lavinia Adler
> Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 6:57 AM
> To: BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [BKARTS] speaking of mold
> 
> On an old book (1901) with a black leather spine, what's the 
> diagnosis if black comes off on your hands when touching it? 
> Is it mold or might it be deteriorating leather dye? I've 
> wiped the spine with a soft cloth. The first swipe shows 
> pitch black, the next few lighter and lighter 'til it's just 
> a pale gray. 
> 
> Lavinia
> 
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