Art of Glass, H. Blancourt, London 1699 with extensive annotations by 17th Century glassmakers. Guildford Institute Library
A 17th Century printed book with extensive annotations by two glassmakers of the 18th Century, making the book an absolutely fascinating and unique object.
The condition was original but very fragile due to severe mould damage throughout the textblock, annotated sheets and notes having been heavily glued into the textblock and detached boards. The book could not be used without a high risk of loss or damage to the unique annotated text.
The textblock was extensively repaired using Japanese tissues toned to match the original paper, the binding was repaired, including the sewn endbands and a new leather spine under the original leather. The book was also given a bespoke archival quality “four-flap” box. Once the work was completed, a talk to the Guildford Institute on the project was given.