Yesterday and Thursday I was able to continue with my treatment of Angelo on Fencing. I applied a thick layer of 3% Methylcellulose (2% was too runny) to the spine and removed a layer of paper lining as well as a huge amount of PVA (?), it took a hugely long time, and I had never come across a spine that stubborn! After that, I was able to pull the book and discover that it was created from single sheets oversewn into sections and then sewn all along as normal, meaning that when I come to put it all back together, I will need to make up section from these single sheets…! Keeping the pages separated into their sections, I started dry cleaning the very dirty volume, and will probably continue to do so all of next week!
When I figure out how, I will post some pictures of my work.