Nicole Gilroy writes…
Today we have continued our work repairing and supporting the most vulnerable areas of the book.
Historically, it was common to patch damage in books and to paper documents by pasting neat squares of good quality writing paper over the damage. Unfortunately, if the repair is heavier and stronger than the paper it supports, then it often causes further tearing or even loss to the original.
When we repair paper we now use a very fine, long-fibred Japanese paper and avoid hard-cut edges, instead feathering or shaping the edge of the repair to avoid creating further stress lines in the delicate original material.
This third image demonstrates an important principle that we follow in paper conservation: that the repair should not be stronger than the material to which it is applied.
Images of our repairs to the leaves of the First Folio to come tomorrow!