Book #30 Hammering Out Another One
Apologies for not posting in this thread for a while, I have been unbelievably busy.
List of defects of note:
Tape stain top right front cover
One piece of tape inside back cover
Two puncture holes in back cover extend to several pages
Half staple split at bottom of cover
Stains on back cover
Stains on several pages
corner missing on one page
Multiple corner break creases lower right front
about 1/2-3/4 inch split at bottom
So as you can see, the book is complete and not in terrible condition, just not in that great of condition either.
One of the first things I do when considering a book for restoration, is to figure out it’s grade and current value. At the time, I concluded that it was either and 2.5 or 3.0, but to be sure before I say that to you all, I posted the book in the "Hey buddy, can you spare a grade" section. Including mine I received 17 grades ranging from 2.0 to 3.0 and the average came out to 2.65, so I guess it could go 2.5 or 3.0.
At this point is was worried that restoring was the wrong choice, the last thing I would want is for the book to go down in value afterwards including the expense of having it restored. Still, before I make any recommendations, I look up the value of the book and try to predict what it will be worth after it is restored.
I used GPA to find out what a 3.0 had sold for recently, GPA is helpful with this since I will also need to look up what restored grades are selling for. At the time I looked these up, my guess was this book would grade an 8.0 after restoration, which I feel was ambitious but possible, and was the restored grades with the most recent data.
I was pleasantly surprised at the large increase in value for an 8.0 restored VS a 3.0 unrestored and it wasn’t going to cost that much to do the work, so I gave this info to the customer and got approval to proceed. I just had to try my hardest to reach the goal grade.
I started with the usual, take photos and scans, dry clean, disassemble and solvent cleaning. Most of the edges were in good shape so I leaf-casted just a few area’s, here is the cover at that point.
Once I got that work out of the way, I did a few small repairs and added some secret sauce for added strength and stability. (:
Then I started the color touch, and while I was working on that, I proceeded to wash the pages in hopes of removing the stains.
Unfortunately, the stains did not completely come out. At the time I was at a loss on how to do better. Since then I have come up with a theory but it will be some time before the results will be in on those experiments, which I will have to try on practice books with similar stains.
Disappointed that this would affect the grade, I worked twice as hard to make up for it wherever I could. One way was to leaf-cast the missing corner of the page.
This came out pretty good, but I just noticed that I missed some stray pulp that is covering up the ink, you can’t notice it in hand but blown up it is obvious.
So with the pages cleaned, de-acidified and repaired, I returned my full focus to the cover. During the color touch process, I will frequently scan the cover to get a different perspective, it is also a great way for me to see things I missed or mistakes I made. Here are 2 scans near the tail end of the color touch.
Once the color touch process is done, I trim any excess paper from what I added, re-assembly the book, fold it and press it. I scan it again and look for any final touches it may need, then it is done.
I either send the book back to the customer or submit it to CGC. This book was sent to CGC which is a great way to validate that the book was done within professional parameters and what grade it will get.
Although this book is not one of them, there are books that are so extensive, I am pushing the limits of conventional means, so it is good to see where CGC will draw the line on professional VS amateur, and complete VS incomplete.
One of the reasons my post in this thread of new projects has been infrequent, is because I am waiting for books to come back from CGC, and have some scans or pictures of the end result to post.
OK, so here is what you all have been waiting for:
The Label is hard to read, here is what it says:
8.0 EP White Pages
Restoration includes: color touch, pieces added, tear seals, cover cleaned, interior lightened, reinforced
My thinking is that it got an Extensive due to the pages being washed and repaired including the missing corner. It seems almost eerie though that it got an 8.0, my original prediction, lucky guess.
As always, I welcome all feedback, both positive and negative, and thank you all for your support and enthusiasm in my work and this thread.