Lorca After Treatment

Item Description

The text block of this item was coming loose from the case. The joints of the book had become loose, causing the front and back board to then split away from the text block, exposing the interior of the book. If the book had continued to circulate, there's a good chance more damage would have happened. Because the cover is so distinct, the treatment involved re-using the original case. The conservation technician removed the original boards and spine, cleaned the spine of the book, hinged the fly leafs together to recreate the original endsheets, and sewed on new endsheets. The spine was lined with a Japanese tissue and paste, as well as cambric. Conservation buckram was used to create a spine piece connecting the original boards. The text block was cased in, the item was pressed, and the original spine was adhered.