Conservation and Preservation

Conservation and Preservations Audits for Documentation Centers, Institutions, and Libraries.
Observation of the current status in all aspects of the object suggestion of remedial measures both immediate and long term for the preservation of the collection.

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Restoration and Maintenance

Tear and loss repair | Cleaning, removal of dirt and grime | Washing/Bathing, stabilizing chemical deterioration |
Stain reduction/removal |
Backing/lining removal | Linen or paper lining |
Removal of old repairs and tape | Humidification, returning suppleness, flattening, and crease reduction | De-acidification |

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Our main services

book binding conservation and reservationWe work on both Fine and General book binding process. Fine binding uses the very finest in whatever materials make up the binding. Whether that be a rich, full gilt tooling, blind tooling, or a combination thereof. silk headband, doublures or marble paper linings, or myriad other fine materials. If fabric is used, it might be silk moire, velvet or some other fabric of fine quality.

General binding is more of the everyday type of bookbinding. But, it is never in any way slip shod or cut rate. Good materials and workmanship are still a must. Even relatively inexpensive work should be done well. General binding includes rebinding of novels, cookbooks, genealogies and every other book imaginable. The only difference between general binding and fine binding is the cost of the materials used and perhaps a lesser amount of decoration. General binding can still be elegant in appearance.

Library Accessories provides sound, sensitive book repair and restoration using high quality materials and traditional techniques. The precise nature of what treatment your book undergoes depends upon, among other things, the current condition, anticipated future use, monetary value, uniqueness and historical value.

The goal in restoration is not to make an old look brand new (although a new binding may do that), but to bring a book back into useable condition using techniques that are visually subtle or nearly invisible.

A look of proper age is desireable and repairs should be as inconspiquous as possible. However, no attempt should me made to fool future owners. To this end a detailed record of treatment should accompany each restored book.

The aim of a book restorationist is to maintain the integrity of the book while making it usable in the present and preserved for posterity.

  • Practical processes on a wide range of works on paper including: watercolours, gouaches, oil paintings on paperboard, pastels, drawings, engravings, prints, mixed media on paper. Chinese and Japanese works of art like scrolls, screens and prints, Persian miniatures, large items like scenic wallpapers, archival and cartographic materials: maps, plans, globes, technical drawings, charts, photographs, pamphlets and other ephemera.
  • Preparation of objects for exhibitions.
  • Advise on the physical condition of works on paper and on the environmental conditions for storage, transport and display.
  • Condition reports for collections and individual items.
  • Carry out surveys on proposed projects and make estimations on time and materials necessary to complete the task.
  • Evaluations of storage conditions, and other aspects of collections care.
  • Training and supervision of conservation, museum/library staff.
  • Preventive conservation and collection care including handling and storage. All treatment is documented in writing and photography.