Nicole Gilroy writes…
We are coming to the end of the treatment needed.
The final bifolium of the book had shifted out of position and protruded from the edge, causing damage to the corner.
We have relaxed the spine fold and repositioned the bifolium so that the edges are back within the textblock and in their proper position.
We have also evaluated the success of our splint repairs and are pleased with the way that they allow the leaves to flex properly again.
The 3 detached leaves of Cymbeline (around the re-positioned bifolium) will be replaced in position, loose, at the back of the book. In our usual work, we would re-attach loose leaves, repairing the torn spine folds and hinging the loose leaves back into position. But we felt that such repair was undesirable in this case, and would stand out against the minimal approach to the rest of the volume, so they will remain loose. As the book will not be handled by readers as an ordinary book would be, the risks of unattached leaves can be balanced with the principle of minimal interference.