A ‘Blooming’ binding blog! Part 4


L.1.13 after treatment with plant material stored within box

I have recently had the good fortune to complete conservation treatment on this masterpiece  from the Special collections department of the University of Glasgow Library.  In this final blogpost of the series I will be showing the finished work on the binding, and the new storage for the fragile plant material which was removed from the textblock during treatment.


Plant material housed in polyester pockets

Plant material was stored in individual pockets, clearly marked and indexed, noting where material was removed from.  A handlist accompanies the storage and all material was fully documented and imaged during treatment.  This reference will also serve to evidence any further deterioration over time, of the organic material.




Plant material in new storage

Below are further images detailing some of the binding work before and after treatment.

This marvellous book is fully functioning once again and is ready for use in our reading room.

Image showing head and foredge of binding

Before treatment


After treatment

Spine titling

Before treatment


After treatment

Front board corner L.1.13 (3)

Before treatment


After treatment

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