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Egyptian-themed publisher’s bindings by the Decorative Designers firm

During my hunt for more signed bindings in Fletcher Library, I came across these attractive publishers bindings. Both have a distinctive monogram on their front covers: an overlapping double “D”, which identifies them as the work of the Decorative Designers firm.

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Removing Tape from a Ramage binding…

Got back on the bench for the first time in a long while. This tape residue on a beautiful handtooled binding just demanded to be picked at… On further inspection, I saw that it had a binder’s signature: “Bound by Ramage”. John Ramage was a British born binder who worked in France after his apprenticeship […]

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Three different aesthetic approaches in circulating conservation treatment..

Three different approaches to general collections conservation treatment (from L-R): Reusing the original boards and spine, with the spine and boards rejoined together using new bookcloth  A brand new case made with all new decorative elements, and no reuse of any materials from the original case, with some artistic liberties taken compared to the original […]

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A real find, hidden under an ugly binding…

It’s not everyday that I get a general collections book that’s older than the U.S.A. come across my desk. This one was in a tacky modern binding, both ugly and completely unsympathetic to the original binding structure it probably once had. When I opened it up, though, I quickly realized this was not in the […]

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Conservation Lab Tours and Demonstrations

Since I started working at ASU Library in 2013, I have had many opportunities to give planned and impromptu tours of the conservation lab. I maintain a “teaching collection” of bookbinding and conservation demonstration materials, which come in handy when a tour group drops in unexpectedly.

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“Blessed Art Thou Among Women” Artist’s Book

I created this binding in 2017, and it was shown as part of the “Blown Cover” show from 2-5-17 through 3-19-17 at the Burton Barr Library in Phoenix, AZ To create this artist’s book, I modified a 19th century Bible (gifted to me by a family member), which had a very interesting piece of printer’s […]

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Myanmar Preservation Training

In 2016, I traveled on behalf of ASU Library to Myanmar to present a series of workshops and presentations about library preservation over the course of two weeks in October. The first week of the program consisted of two hands-on training workshops in basic book repair and box making that were supplemented by a three-part […]

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Treatment of the “Journal of Health (1830)”

Information about this item Date: September 7, 2007 Conservator: Suzy Morgan Instructor: Chela Metzger Call Number/Collection: Personal Author: n/a Imprint: Philadelphia, 1830 Title: Journal of Health, Volume 1 Collation/foliation: 50 double-folio sections, sewn three-on. Format: Quarto Dimensions (binding): H 22.4 x W 14.7 x T 3 (cm) Dimensions (text block): H 21.7 x W 13.5 […]

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Treatment of “Martini Opitti Deutscher Poematum”

Information about this item Date: July 2009 Conservator: Suzy Morgan Call Number/Collection: SPEC 831.5 061d, Northwestern University Library, Special Collections Author: Martin Opitz Imprint: Breslau, 1637 Title: Martini Opitti Deutscher Poematum Dimensions (binding): H 22.4 x W 14.7 x T 3 (cm) Dimensions (text block): H 21.7 x W 13.5 x T 2.7 (cm) Treatment […]

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Limp Vellum Binding