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Re: [BKARTS] speaking of mold

There was a very faint smell of mildew but no sign of it anywhere but on
the leather. Actually it's more than one book -- it's a 10 vol. set, with
seven of the vols. having no spine piece at all. The leather that extends
onto the boards is what's affected. The corner pieces have a little gray
coming from them  but nothing like the spine piece. Red rot is evident
along all the edges of the volumes.

I very much appreciate your opinion and hope to get a few more. Thanks to
you, too, Chad, for this morning's message.


On Mon, 28 Jan 2008 11:59:00 -0800 Dave Allen <allen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Lavinia,
> It sounds like mildew to me. Is there a smell involved as well?
> Dave
> Beddall Bookbinding Conservation & Restoration
> 840 Snowdrop Ave. Victoria BC V8Z 2N4
> (250)888-9380    http://www.Bookbinder.ca
> Lavinia Adler wrote:
> > 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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