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Banik, Gerhard and Brückle, Irene. Paper and Water: A Guide for Conservators.

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Author(s): Uhteg, Abigail

Journal: The Bonefolder : an e-Journal for the Bookbinder and Book Artist
ISSN 1555-6565

Volume: 8;
Start page: 101;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Paper conservation | book conservation | materials science | chemistry | education | book review

ABSTRACT
With great pleasure I introduce you to Paper and Water: A Guide for Conservators by Gerhard Banik and Irene Brückle,finally published this year by Butterworth-Heinemann. The book is the result of ten years of collaborative planning,research, writing, designing, and reviewing by conservators,conservation scientists, paper manufacturers, animators,and graphic designers. This information is not new, but the presentation is: the first textbook to bring together the chemistry and conservation of paper, it bridges an enormous gap between learning chemistry and bench work. Its most important contribution may be less the information itself and more the encouragement of the conservation student to recognize the value of understanding and seeking out relevant scientific research. That said, the authors have scoured an incredible number of textbooks, journals, technical bulletins,research guidelines, and production manuals to explain as thoroughly as possible in one place the chemistry of the various aspects of paper manufacture, aging, and treatment,along with the role that water plays at each stage. This book is an excellent reference for anyone having anything to do with paper conservation.

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