November 21st

Today I am working on the foldout from the geography book I mentioned in my previous post. As you can see in the following picture, the page I am mending is separated in half (the crack near the olives).

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Here is a detail of the heading and the lovely rich color of the pigment on this foldout.

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I had placed small tissue “dots” on the reverse side of the break to hold the two in place while I placed the larger tissue pieces. This is a good method – however, the pages seldom match back up perfectly. This can be due to the paper crumbling away at the edges of the break. Here is the reverse side of the page with the completed mend.

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Last but not least, an interesting website I’ve found thanks to friends at HRC:

The Deliberatly Concealed Garments Project

November 14th

I’m back from my travels, visiting my sister, and from helping my dad with Texas Clay Festival. I had a good bit of fun!

Today I worked on the very thin foldout in a facsimile of “Original Narratives of Texas History and Adventure: Texas”. The foldout is in the first few pages of the book, and it is very difficult to unfurl the map without it tearing. I made a decision to extend the what looks to be the weakest part. The picture below shows this extension. I am not certain this mend will be the best solution, but luckily I can try it and see if it will help. This is made possible by adhering to the rule that everything a conservator (or in my case, a volunteer student of conservation!) does must do no damage and be reversible.

Onion skin map

I also am working on a foldout in the Geography books I have been working on for many months – a page torn in half this time. I have taken small bits of Japanese tissue and placed it along the mend first. This allows me to line things up exactly how I want them – and then I’ll go back and do a longer strip of tissue for the final mend.

Temporary tissue mends

That’s it for today!