National Library of France
Preservation: practical information sheets
By Véronique Belon-SlouguiAdhesive tape, commonly known as “scotch tape” or “sellotape”, is often found on works of art, either because it has been used by artists themselves, or because it is part of a poor quality fixing or conservation process. This information sheet proposes a method for removing these materials which are deleterious to graphic materials.
Mise en évidence d’un ancien procédé pour raviver les encres pâlies sur un manuscrit carolingien - n°30, 2011 [fichier .pdf – 174 Ko – 24/01/11 – 6 p.]
By Véronique BelonAqueous cleaning and deacidification are preliminary steps taken prior to applying paper strengthening methods such as filling, backing, and splitting. Aqueous washing can be used to eliminate products of degradation and dirt embedded in paper. The purpose of deacidification is to introduce an alkaline charge into the paper.
la fiche pratique [fichier .pdf – 87 Ko – 19/05/03 – 1 p.]
By Dominique BardozFilling consists of filling in holes and consolidating weaknesses and tears in degraded graphic materials using paper fibers.
la fiche pratique [fichier .pdf – 152 Ko – 19/05/03 – 2 p.]
By Dominique Bardoz
la fiche pratique [fichier .pdf – 105 Ko – 19/05/03 – 1 p.]
By Véronique Belon and Christiane LequienSplitting is a method used to manually or mechanically strengthen paper documents. It involves splitting a document in two along its edge and inserting a reinforcing material (which may be either paper or synthetic).
la fiche pratique [fichier .pdf – 165 Ko – 19/05/03 – 2 p.]
By Alice Robin
Board tacketing (left) and board slotting (right)
la fiche pratique [fichier .pdf – 186 Ko – 19/05/03 – 2 p.]
By Anne QuensièreThis method consists of creating a natural cloth hollow over a mouled Japanese paper spine-former on a cord binding. This technique was tested in the United Kingdom on a book entitled “Annotationes in Libro Evangeliorum”, printed in 1641 in Amsterdam and belonging to Merton College, Oxford.
La coque moulée [fichier .pdf – 150 Ko – 3 p.]
By Thierry AubryWood boards were used to protect books throughout the Middle Ages, and were gradually replaced by cardboard from the late 15th century onwards. Why and in what circumstances should they be conserved or replaced? How should they be handled so as to better preserve them?
La restauration des ais de bois [fichier .pdf – 1591 Ko – 17 p.]
By Alice Robin
Dressing spine panels with Japanese paper (left) and headbands (right)
la fiche pratique [fichier .pdf – 141 Ko – 19/05/03 – 2 p.]
By Sébastien Durand and Marc GacquièreThe treatment of bindings using Japanese paper is an alternative to available treatments using leather. The choice of treatment depends on the document in question, the values inherent in it, the nature of any deterioration, the intended use, etc.
la fiche pratique [fichier .pdf – 195 Ko – 19/05/03 – 2 p.]
By Marie-Christine Geffard and Thierry AubryLike treatment using Japanese paper, treatment using leather is used to restore various functions to a book (utility, aesthetics, etc.) which have disappeared or diminished by remodeling the degraded leather components (using new leather).
la fiche pratique [fichier .pdf – 189 Ko – 19/05/03 – 2 p.]
Friday, April 1, 2011