Date completed : 27 March 2020 Duration : 6 Months
Bridget Warrington

To conserve this inventory in such a way that it would flex well, it was agreed that an Espinosa-style binding (soft alum-tawed skin sewing supports and spine with laced-in vellum covers) would be constructed with the addition of a foredge flap in keeping with the original cover.

After extensive paper repairs were carried out to the textblock’s edges and spine folds, it was sewn onto alum-tawed skin thongs supported with linen braids, adding new endpapers. The textblock was then laced into an alum-tawed skin spine piece or ‘bonnet’, primary and secondary endbands were sewn to attach the textblock to the bonnet at the head and tail, and then it was ready for new vellum covers with turn-ins to allow for linings and support. The new back vellum cover was constructed with a similarly shaped foredge flap to the original. It comprised a fold of vellum at the tail, secured with slots and tongues on all edges, giving the flap a certain weight to stay open when displayed and a smooth surface against the textblock.

The new Espinosa-style binding gives the inventory a good, fully supported opening arch and the conserved textblock is fully protected by the vellum covers.

Book of inventories of various College possessions (1506-89), the Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge
Book of inventories of various College possessions (1506-89), the Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge
Book of inventories of various College possessions (1506-89), the Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge
Book of inventories of various College possessions (1506-89), the Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge
Book of inventories of various College possessions (1506-89), the Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge
Book of inventories of various College possessions (1506-89), the Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge
Book of inventories of various College possessions (1506-89), the Archive Centre, King’s College, Cambridge

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