century books

Hello, ALA Preservation Week!

It’s the American Library Association’s Preservation Week, and we’ll be sharing some of the cool stuff happening in our own preservation department today through Friday.

Today on Verso, book conservator Kristi Westberg describes the process of performing repairs on a copy of a 16th-century astronomy book censored by the Roman Catholic Church. Kristi used something called solvent set tissue to make her repairs, and she made the solvent set tissue in-house. Here’s a peek at the process:

First, Kristi pours an adhesive called Klucel G into a tray.

Next, she uses a brush to pick up some of the adhesive.

She then spreads a thin layer of the adhesive onto a sheet of clear polyester.

Finally, she lays a piece of lightweight Japanese paper on the adhesive.

Then she leaves it to dry. Voilà! Solvent set tissue! Head to Verso to read about how Kristi used the tissue in her repairs.


Christina Rossetti
London Macmillan and Co 1896 New and Enlarged Edition
[First Complete Edition printed 1890 this being the 7th reprint]

Several illustrations by Dante Gabriel Rossetti who also designed the distinctive gilt blocking to the binding