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The original leather covering was supported on the inside of the spine with Japanese paper. The uppermost layer was tinted blue to help the next generation of conservators. Should future generations of conservators ever need to disbind the book again, the blue paper marks where their knife should aim. The marbled paper inside the front and back covers was lifted to expose the board beneath. To connect the sewn book to the leather covers, a reversible, conservation quality paste was applied to the spine of the re-sewn book. The book was then aligned inside the closed covers, and wrapped in an ace bandage until the paste on the spine dried. Then the tabs were pasted inside the front and back covers underneath the marbled paper, which was then pasted back down inside the covers. Finally, the protective facing was removed from the outside of the book.


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Uploaded on November 9, 2011