One of the Special Collections Librarians brought this book to my attention the other day because he noticed that it is need of some conservation work (it is super dirty and has lots of inactive mold and evidence of water damage). I noticed some black marks on the back cover that are very obviously
handprints.

We have no idea how they got there, but my guess is that this book was in a flood at some point (thus the massive amount of dirt and mold), and whoever saved it did not have clean hands when the removed it from the shelf. Since the vellum was wet when it was handled, the dirty marks soaked into the pores.

It’s just a guess…anyone else care to speculate?

libralthinking

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Miniature Monday!

Just in time for October, today’s Mini Monday has a touch of the macabre.  This is Microtus, created and bound by Dan Essig.  It is a small blank book bound in oak boards and sewn with a Coptic stitch, which allows the book to open flat.  My favorite part about this book, however, is the inlay on the front cover.  Behind the mica window are three tiny, delicate vole ribs.  A miniature book inlaid with miniature bones—what’s not to love?

Essig, Dan. Microtus. Asheville: Dan Essig, 1999.  Copy 99.  Charlotte Smith Miniatures Collection N7433.4.E88 M5 1999

See it in the catalog

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-Laura H.

It would be even more awesome if those vole ribs had been used to sew the binding.

I missed adding this right away:  Daniel Essig’s website: http://danielessig.com/

disinterested
disinterested:

conservethis:

whitesparrowbindery:

Why oh why did someone find it necessary to put cloth table on one of these sweet little leather bindings?!?!?! After years of sitting on the shelf, the adhesive has dried out and the cloth portion of the tape easily came away from the book. The dried and yellowed adhesive however, did not.
I will do my best to scrape away what I can on the front and back covers with doing too much damage, but I’m considering what was once a lovely gold tooled spine a loss.  : (

If that’s the Demco “book repair” tape, yeah, the adhesive is a PITA to remove. I had some luck with solvents, but nothing really satisfactory. 

I have a deep seated and a bit unreasonable hatred of that book tape.

I do not think a hatred of this tape is unreasonable.  It’s awful stuff that does more harm than good, and is often used inappropriately (like in the example above).
conservethis - I tired using acetone to remove the residue, but I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere with it, just making a mess.

disinterested:

conservethis:

whitesparrowbindery:

Why oh why did someone find it necessary to put cloth table on one of these sweet little leather bindings?!?!?! After years of sitting on the shelf, the adhesive has dried out and the cloth portion of the tape easily came away from the book. The dried and yellowed adhesive however, did not.

I will do my best to scrape away what I can on the front and back covers with doing too much damage, but I’m considering what was once a lovely gold tooled spine a loss.  : (

If that’s the Demco “book repair” tape, yeah, the adhesive is a PITA to remove. I had some luck with solvents, but nothing really satisfactory. 

I have a deep seated and a bit unreasonable hatred of that book tape.

I do not think a hatred of this tape is unreasonable.  It’s awful stuff that does more harm than good, and is often used inappropriately (like in the example above).

conservethis - I tired using acetone to remove the residue, but I didn’t feel like I was getting anywhere with it, just making a mess.