1. Ursula Beauseigneur August 25, 2015 @ 8:36 am Reply

    Great idea! Thanks for the book repair lession. Look forward to additional suggestions.

  2. Frances Mathews August 27, 2015 @ 10:46 am Reply

    Thank you for securing pages…had been doing it wrong for quite some time.

    • John Ison John Ison September 28, 2015 @ 11:07 am Reply

      Glad to help. Keep watching for new ideas.

  3. Tiffany Dixon April 14, 2016 @ 10:47 pm Reply

    My toddler just ripped several pages of an old Bible commentary of my husband’s – a big corner chunk, ripped completely out, probably 5 pages. How do I nicely tape/bind/glue/(whatever) them back together?

    • John Ison John Ison April 19, 2016 @ 9:19 am Reply


      I’m sorry to hear about the damage but feel the steps outlined below should give you a good repair. I recommend that you avoid using any sort of plastic pressure-sensitive tape since that is likely to further damage the pages.

      Please refer to refer to the procedure outlined in the July blog post (“Torn Paper Repair”) and follow the steps detailed in the section headed Repairing Extensive Paper Tears. As we mention there, if the tears are fairly straight so you don’t have to use several pieces of tape on each one, the Filmoplast P Paper Mending Tape will give you a strong yet flexible repair.

      If the tears are very jagged you may want to use Book Repair Tissue and Demco Neutral Bond adhesive as detailed near the end of the July posting.

      Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.


  4. Rich Guminski June 7, 2016 @ 7:24 pm Reply

    Mr. Ison I am a collector of automotive magazines and my collection starts with the first issue. It goes back to Jan.1948. My copy is in good shape except the front and back page( printed as one sheet) have separated at the fold line. Is the value affected if it is repaired properly per your guidance or should I just keep it as is?

    • John Ison John Ison June 18, 2016 @ 4:12 pm Reply


      I can’t say whether or not the value would be affected you the repair. My advice would be to leave it as is.


  5. michelle mastenbrook November 18, 2016 @ 1:00 pm Reply

    Hello. I have a hardback, cloth cover book from the 30’s to 40’s that has some kind of paper residue on the front cover, as if something wet had been left on it. How might I remove it without damaging the cover? The cover is green, the paper is white. I had thought to get it wet, but was afraid of discoloring the cloth.
    Thank you-Michelle

  6. John Ison John Ison December 4, 2016 @ 4:17 pm Reply


    It’s difficult to suggest something with any degree of confidence without knowing what has caused the paper to stick to the book cover. It is possible that something wet was placed on the book as you suggest in your question? If so, there’s a chance it can be removed if you moisten the paper and give it some time to soak. Since you’re concerned about discoloring the cover, first dampen and area inside one of the covers where the cloth is visible and use a white cloth to see if the color bleeds out readily. If it seems stable, there’s a good chance you can soak the paper loose — just be very careful not to get the cover too wet.

    Let me know how it turns out.


  7. Mahrukh Mohiuddin June 29, 2017 @ 4:56 am Reply

    Hello, we are a publisher located in Bangladesh (uplbooks.com). Some of our coffee table books have suffered damage due to careless storing and humidity, and the most common problem has been pages getting glued to one another. The risks of fixing them involve pages getting torn or damaged while detaching them, and the colours coming off from one side to another. What would be the best way to salvage the damaged books? Will truly appreciate your expert advice. Many thanks, Mahrukh

    • John Ison John Ison July 6, 2017 @ 8:49 am Reply


      Your problem is well beyond my area of expertise and I can’t offer advice on how to proceed. I suggest that you contact the following organizations, both of which specialize in recovery of seriously damaged materials. I have worked with these agencies in the past and am confident they will be able to assist you.

      American Institute for Conservation

      Northeast Document Conservation Center

      I wish you good fortune in solving your problem. Thank you for contacting Demco.


      • Mahrukh Mohiuddin July 15, 2017 @ 10:05 pm Reply

        Many thanks for the resource links, John. We will see what help we can get from these places.
        Best regards, Mahrukh

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