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    I’d like to post a question but am not sure of the proper procedure.

    I have an 1892, four volume leather bound series of “Character Sketches of Romance Fiction and the Drama” which I have just treated with Cellugel to control the red rot. The spines and corners, that is. I have seen an online a suggestion to follow that treatment with the application of Renaissance Wax, a micro-crystalline wax polish, which I have. Is the wax OK to use or should I use something else.I am donating the books to the Oakland Museum’s White Elephant Sale so I just want to gussy them up a bit.


    Sophia Bogle

    Renaissance wax: If you have it already at home it would be worth testing it. I prefer the SC6000 to fully seal the area.
    The biggest issue will be how it affects the sensitive dry leather. Either of them can cause damage due to moisture content.
    Always test first. 🙂



    Hi Sophia, and all,two questions: I have a complete set of the (leather) 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica. The set has its own little vintage bookshelf. The covers (and text blocks) are all (amazingly) tight & intact, most with some red rot around the edges, and some of the volumes have leather spine deterioration/pieces missing close to the head (top~hope I’m getting the lingo right). I cannot afford a professional repair at this point, so my plan is to stabilize the red rot and condition the books, staying away from places where the spines are deteriorating. Does this sound reasonable? One more thing: the books keep developing a white hazy “bloom” on the front and back covers. I went ahead and carefully swabbed with denatured alcohol which seemed to help but not completely. Is there something else I need to do to “clean” the books before addressing red rot? Many thanks, Julia

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