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The exhibition and treatment options which the curators, librarian and I discussed were as follows. First was photoduplication, and limiting the use of the volume by researchers. This option was nixed because of the historical significance of the artifact, and because of its tremendous exhibit appeal. Next we discussed moderate page repair to the damaged first and last gatherings, and a careful choice of the page opening so as to choose a place where the least amount of flexing was required for the most vulnerable pages. This was unfavorable to the curators who had their hearts set on particular images. Option three, disbinding, interleaving with gatherings of buffered paper and resewing, was decided to be the most favorable option for everyone.

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The written history of bookbinding has largely been the history of leather and cloth bindings, with emphasis on their decoration. With one or two exceptions, what information on paper bindings is available usually deals with the appearance of the paper covering, or the terminology used to describe it, and provides no documentation of the underlying structures. The utilitarian, the temporary, and the chintzy are largely ignored, which is a shame, because they are much more a part of human life and history than are the deluxe and the fine. Those of us who work with early paper covered books are occasionally frustrated by the lack of specific and detailed historical information about their construction. This paper, then, while it is not a history of paper binding, is a step toward the accumulation of data on the specifics of paper binding - what forms and structures were used, how often, where and when. It will be a look inside the plain brown wrapper, as it were, at the way books in p...

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