We were asked to conserve two bound volumes of a run of original early London newspapers from 1709-1710. They had been bound shortly after issue in typical panelled trade binding. The individual leaves were in fragile condition and torn in places and needed treatment. The joints of the binding had perished, the boards were detached and the original leather had lifted in places.
The volumes were disbound and each sheet separated. The leaves were washed in deionised water, before being repaired with Japanese tissue. The leaves were guarded and made into quires with Japanese tissue, before being resewn on hemp supports with linen thread. New endbands were sewn and the text block was put into a new binding of hand-dyed calf. Fresh endpapers were made and the original paste-downs lifted from the boards and incorporated. The original leather sides were consolidated with Klucel G and then relaid on the boards.