ITEM: Collection of Mollusca, Ward’s Natural Science Establishment, RBR QL 406 F43c
Condition report: Originally bound as full leather with soft covers. Extensive damage by book tape and plastic applied to covers has rendered the covers unsalvageable. Staining from pressure- sensitive adhesive has also occurred on the patterned endsheets. The textblock seems fairly intact and the paper is still flexible; though it is quite discolored. The textblock seems to be adhesive- bound or possibly oversewn.
Recommended Treatment: New binding in half leather in a style consonant with, though not matching, the original. New printed endsheets in the same style as the originals will be used. Once the old cover and endsheets are removed, more information can be gathered about the best way to keep the textblock intact, whether it needs any resewing or additional application of adhesive. Gold stamped title piece on front cover will be saved and mounted on the new front board.