Just a little while ago a very good friend of mine (and current Phd. scholar) came to me with a problem. The problem was that his Marx-Engels Reader was a little worse for wear. The covers were completely detached and the original adhesive binding had acidifed and transformed into a flaky powdery mess. This book is an important reference in his academic library and one that he’ll likely source during dissertation-writing, so I agreed to get the reader back in one piece! Here are some photos taken during the process:
Before Treatment 1: The text block had completely detached from the paper cover.
Before Treatment 2: The original adhesive binding had acidified into a flaky mess.
After Treatment 1: I removed all old crumbly glue bits and reattached the text block to the covers using an acid-free adhesive. I Then reinforced the books inner joints with Japanese-tissue paper.
After Treatment 2: The book back in one piece at last!
If you have graduate student friends with manhandled books, or friends and family with well-loved or otherwise injured books, send me an email at email@example.com and we can get your book back in shape!