Assessed October 13, 2014
Quarter brown sheep tightback sided up with marbled paper. No spine lining or headbands. Thick off-white laid handmade paper in eight sections, endpapers contiguous with textblock. Index tabs cut throughout. All edges sprinkled red. Sewn two-on over four cords, outer two laced into boards. Manuscript throughout, in ink and pencil, with margin rules in dilute ink. Water-insoluble illustrations of flags throughout.
Leather darkened and missing much of grain layer on spine and board edges, with all edges exposed and delaminating. Spine has losses at head, tail, and cords, split in the second section. The boards are attached only by the cords, and the leather is lifting with losses on the cover along the joint. The upper slip on the left board is broken. Boards deformed where the index tabs were cut. Tape and tape residue from a shelfmark at the tail. There are two stab holes on the right board and through three gatherings. The sewing is intact.
Surface cleaned and tears repaired. Leather consolidated with Klucel‑G® and lifted. Rebuilt corners with linen fiber paste and covered with toned Japanese tissue. Lined spine with tissue and patch lined with aerocotton. The extended cloth lining was pasted onto the boards. Rebacked with dyed repair calf. Lifted leather readhered with Lascaux 498HV. Created four-flap enclosure.
Birds Shown to the Children
Assessed September 2015
Brown cloth binding with gold stamped boards and spine, with inset color print on left board. Medium weight cream textblock printed in black ink with color offset plates on heavy white calendared paper tipped in.
Cloth over joints frayed and inner joint split, sewing broken with some plates and pages detached from their conjugates.