So today I unveiled some mends I did last time I was here, and they looked good. I folded the map and went on to the next – there are a lot, to be sure! I spent some time going through another volume page by page, looking for what might have been tucked in. I found some hair and some long pieces of threads (which seemed to be very acidic) which I put in a small Mylar envelope to be kept with the book.
I took a picture of an illustration of a Hottentot woman in the Africa section of one of the volumes because of the sad story that we know of Sarah Baartman, aka the Hottentot Venus. Here it is:
I came across a page that looks like a child got ahold of a pen and ink – isn’t that an age-old story! – but it looks to be older as I think it is oakgall ink.
I also came across two notes to the binders of these volumes that were actually printed in the back of several of the books:
And a little correction made by hand:
Here is a picture of what I did today – a map that was obviously folded badly and for a very long time!