Montacute House is a magnificent, glittering mansion, built in the late 16th century for Sir Edward Phelips. There are many Renaissance features, and the Long Gallery, the longest of its kind in England, displays portraits of Tudor and Jacobean kings, queens and courtiers.
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Wednesday, 6 March 2013
It's A Page Turner
This year, I and several other volunteers have cleaned roughly 2000 books in the library here at Montacute House, but it’s not as tedious as it may sound!
We use a pony hair brush to first dust off the boards and the page edges, and a separate brush to dust off the inside covers, so that the dirt and any creepy crawlies that may be lurking there are not transferred around the book. It is important whilst doing this to try not to open the book wider than 45° and cause any damage to the spine.
We then have a brief flick through the pages to detect any other points of interest. Whenever we notice something unusual, like something handwritten, or stuck into the book, it gets written on the condition report, of which there is one for each book.
Here are some of the interesting features that we came across, the good, the bad, and the ugly, ranging from wax seals to bookworm.