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Featured Treatment:  Osgoode Council Minutes 1850-1860

Osgoode Council Minutes 1850-1860 before treatment. The following treatment is an example of restoration work, making the item look new again. The binding is so far worn that no structural integrity remained and the original materials could no longer be used; therefore the book was re-bound using the same historical techniques and materials as were originally used in making the book. The pages themselves were badly damaged with multiple tears and losses in every one.

Image of marbled endpapers.

After removing the remnants of the sewing thread, and separating the signatures (packets of pages), each individual sheet of paper was washed and lined with a translucent Japanese paper adhered with wheat starch paste.

Lining the pages with translucent Japanese paper.

Once the lined pages have been dried by pressing between sheets of blotting paper, they are trimmed, placed back into their ‘signatures’ (packets) and sewn together around strips of vellum called ‘sewing supports’ which extend beyond the width of the spine.

The spine of the sewn pages was rounded and then ‘glued-up’ with wheat starch paste.

Japanese paper was then adhered to the spine of the pages as a liner.

A piece of linen, wider than the spine, was adhered over the liner.

A ‘tube’ was adhered over the linen to the spine of the page. A ‘tube’ is a heavy, rectangular piece of paper, folded to create a tube shape; one side of the ‘tube’ is adhered to the spine of the pages and the binding leather gets adhered to the other side, attaching the binding to the pages.

The boards are then attached by adhering the excess linen and sewing supports from the pages to the inside of the boards.

Boards before applying the covering material.

The binding leather was then applied.  The new marbled paper was custom made by Lucie Lapierre of Montreal, to match what the original paper looked like before it was faded, worn and generally deteriorated.

New endpapers were also chosen to match the original ones and were adhered completing the treatment.

A custom made enclosure was produced to house the book with compartments for the original binding materials to be stored in.