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CUSTOM-MADE PORTFOLIO
The finished portfolio Angela Sutton was asked to make a large portfolio to contain some ancient maps.  It was not to be stored flat but to stand upright in a library.  The largest map measured 1050mm by 750mm  (3’5” x 2’6”) and this needed the largest board available.  The spine cover and flaps were covered with library buckram and the rest of the boards with a hand-marbled paper by Jemma Lewis.  The client had requested gussets at the side along with the normal side flaps, and these were held in place with tasselled ties.  As the portfolio was to stand upright on its spine this was strengthened with a strip of board and the foredge closed with a matching board. 
WORKS OF ATHANASIUS

This was a seventeenth-century book that had lost its back.  The boards were loose, with damaged corners, and the front pages were dirty and torn at the edges.

Treatment was as follows: the edges of the pages were brushed (out of doors) to remove loose dust and dirt.  The front four pages were cleaned of loose dirt, washed in cold water, resized with gelatine size and repaired with a Japanese tissue. 

The stitching was so weak that the book had to be resewn.  The sections consisted of two folds only so the sewing was ‘three-on’ (three sections together).  The endpapers were replaced with a handmade paper from Griffen Mill which matched the texture and colour of the original paper as closely as possible.  The board corners were built up using leather parings mixed with paste and re-covered with leather.  The back was replaced with a new piece of leather and the boards reattached.  The spine was then tooled with the title and decoration in keeping with the period.

Works of Athanasius - after

Works of Athanasius - before

Works of Athanasius - before

Works of Athanasius - after

 
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