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  • [+] More Book Conservation - Ghosting and Sunning and Foxing, Oh My! 

    Book Conservation - Ghosting and Sunning and Foxing, Oh My!
    Published since 21 May 2014

    If you're new to the world of book collecting, you've undoubtedly encountered plenty of jargon already. Rare and antiquarian book dealers often painstakingly describe a book's condition because it's such an important aspect of the book's value. Reputable dealers are as accurate as possible in their descriptions, and it's not unusual to run into the terms "ghosting," "sunning," and "foxing," all of which refer to different causes of discoloration to paper.

  • [+] More Meet Art Conservator Extraordinaire, Karen Zukor! 

    Meet Art Conservator Extraordinaire, Karen Zukor!
    Published since 02 Jul 2013

    This week we welcome special guest Karen Zukor to our blog! Zukor is the senior conservator at Zukor Art Conservation. She’s been a professional paper conservator for more than thirty years and is a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. She’s been responsible for many collections, both public and private, trains both pre- and post-program interns, and offers lectures and workshops to the public. This week she was kind enough to sit down with us to discuss her career path, how conservation has evolved, and how rare book collectors can preserve and protect their collections.

  • [+] More Finest Handmade Papers in the World 

    Finest Handmade Papers in the World
    Published since 20 Jan 2012

    In 1952, Stevens-Nelson Paper Corporation published what it called "a catalogue of the finest printing and art papers in the world." It was less boast than just a simple statement of fact. Indeed, the company had enlisted the help of small handmade paper shops across the globe.

  • [+] More Extremely Rare Turkey Mill Ream Wrapper Surfaces 

    Extremely Rare Turkey Mill Ream Wrapper Surfaces
    Published since 20 Jan 2011

    Beginning as a cloth fuller, by the early eighteenth century the Turkey Mill had  wholly converted to making paper. In 1740 James Whatman assumed tenancy of the mill, enlarged it, and, assisted by famed British printer, John Baskerville, developed a new form of fine quality paper suitable for a greatly expanded range of printing and art work; the paper became the sought-after choice of artists such as J.M.W. Turner and Thomas Gainsborough.

  • [+] More The study of paper as evidence, artefact, and commodity 

    Published since 22 Dec 2009

    Paper plays a subsidiary role in book production. It is the basic substance of which books are made, yet almost never impinges upon their communicative function. It serves as a mute vehicle of text, rarely noticed except when it fails of its purpose, when defects inherent in its manufacture impede the transmission and preservation of printed information.

  • [+] More The Smell of Books 

    Published since 22 Dec 2009

    A scientific approach to the world of rare books - Scientists may not be able to tell a good book by its cover, but they now can tell the condition of an old book by its odor.