The Rare Books Department offers the conservation of a wide range of bound materials including early and modern books, bibles, scrapbooks, and photo albums. Encapsulation, surface-cleaning, mold removal, adhesive damage, tear repairs, deacidification, and the preservation of leather covers or storage cases are just a sample of the treatments offered by this department.
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Antique Quran, Persian. Paper, leather, paint. 9.5 x 6 x 2.25 in.
This Quran’s loose pages and hinges (#1,2,3) were repaired with Japanese tissue paper that was tinted to be inconspicuous (#4). Read about the treatment here.
Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger, 1951. Hardcover book. 8 x 5.5 x 1 in.
This collector’s first edition was water-damaged and lined with non-archival paper, with some soiling and a broken inner hinge (left). The treatment replaced the lining, reinforced the spine, refurbished the bookcloth and the textblock and recovered the book jacket with mylar (right).