Restoration of books
and graphic work
The replacement of the work or repair it
The preservation of a deteriorated graphic work can be carried out through two distinct processes: its replacement or repair. Replacement is often an impossible task to carry out, leaving the repair of the work as the only option. This can go as far as a scratch on the binding to larger aesthetic problems which prevent the book from being used. The deterioration and value intrinsic to the work determine the treatment and levels of repair.
Carrying out indirect actions to delay the deterioration and prevent risks of modifications, creating as such optimal conditions of preservation.
carrying out direct actions on the work for the purpose of delaying modification.
Actions carried out on the damaged or deteriorated work, with the purpose of making it easier to read, respecting, as far as possible, its historical, aesthetic and physical integrity.
The work must be observed as a single entity.
Restoration or direct action
The binding of a piece of work, to function as a structural aspect of itself, entails first and foremost protecting the content, and at the same time its aesthetic cover. The latter must only be replaced in cases of preservation, opting always for an appearance of equal or better quality, and being able to, if considered appropriate, conserve the original cover in an individual box.
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