The Restoration of Engravings, Drawings, Books, and Other Works on Paper

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Getty Publications, 2006 - Art - 301 pages
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Ever since its original publication in Germany in 1938, Max Schweidler's Die Instandetzung von Kupferstichen, Zeichnungen, Buchern usw has been recognized as a seminal modern text on the conservation and restoration of works on paper. To address what he saw as a woeful dearth of relevant literature and in order to assist those who have 'set themselves the goal of preserving cultural treasures, ' the noted German restorer composed a thorough technical manual covering a wide range of specific techniques, including detailed instructions on how to execute structural repairs and alterations that, if skilfully done, can be virtually undetectable. By the mid-twentieth century, curators and conservators of graphic arts, discovering a nearly invisible repair in an old master print or drawing, might comment that the object had been 'Schweidlerized.' This volume, based on the authoritative revised German edition of 1949, makes Schweidler's work available in English for the first time, in a meticulously edited and annotated critical edition. The editor's introduction places the work in its historical context and probes the philosophical issues the book raises, while some two hundred annotati
 

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Contents

Foreword to the First Edition
25
Preface to the First Edition
27
Preface to the Second Edition
28
Subject Register 33 Various Thoughts about Restorers Their Workshops and Their Work
29
Studio Room and Equipment
37
The History of Paper
39
Paper Manufacture
41
How to Obtain Old Paper
46
Treating BlackandWhite Prints with Chlorine Water
67
7a The Cleaning of Colored Prints
72
The Chemical Treatment of Color Prints
78
The Cleaning of Drawings
81
The Cleaning of Books
84
Hydrogen Peroxide
89
The Treatment of Various Stains
91
The Removal of Spirit Varnish
93

Handling Damp Paper
48
Brightening and Cleaning
51
Removing Prints from Backings
58
When May One Work with Chlorine? General Observations on the Treatment of Prints and Books with Chlorine
64
Antidotes for Chlorine
66
Editors Notes on the Text
207
Glossary
281
Index
289
About the Editor
302
Copyright

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