Barbauld Repair

Hymns in Prose for Children, 1865, by Mrs Barbauld. Various illustrators.

On this limp case binding, the boards were detached and the cloth was stained and worn at the edges. There were some losses on the spine, and the cloth completely detached from front board.

The text block was in very bad condition, appearing to have been chewed by a rodent, leaving losses and large stains along the spine, many other tears.

Extensive surface cleaning was done with a sponge before the text block was disbound and washed. The signatures were guarded with a medium weight tissue, and losses were filled with a tissue that matched the original paper. The text block was then sewn back together with new endpapers.

A new case binding made, using muslin dyed with Kresmer XSL dyes to match the original cloth. Remnants of the original binding were attached to new case using PVA and touched up with acrylic paint.

Process