BINDING TREATMENT, LEATHER
JULY 22 – 26 | PETER GERATY
A next step, this class is devoted to the restoration of leather bindings. Students will evaluate and make appropriate decisions for treatment including rebacking, corner repair, rebuilding of endsections and minor paper repair. The course emphasizes the stabilization of the binding structure and sympathetic repair to bring the book to a useable state. Leather as a binding material (as opposed to paper or cloth) offers unique challenges to the restorer. Leather books are usually structurally different from cased-in paper or cloth bindings as well, which necessitates a clear understanding of both material and technique to produce good results. Students will also learn to successfully assess a binding’s problems and choose solutions based on observation and accepted preservation practices.
Binding Treatment, Cloth and Paper is a prerequisite for this advanced course.