Book Preservation Isn’t Easy

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Colonial era books are old by any standard, and that means they may not be in the best condition. Rare books are treasures, and with delicate care can be restored, like one botanical guide in University of Virgina’s rare book collection. The book’s pages are separated, washed, and eventually rebound. UVA Today looks at the complicated process of bringing old books back to life.


Ian MacAllen's fiction has appeared in 45th Parallel Magazine, Little Fiction, Vol 1. Brooklyn, Joyland Magazine, and elsewhere and nonfiction has appeared in Chicago Review of Books, The Negatives, Electric Literature, Fiction Advocate, and elsewhere. He is the Deputy Editor of The Rumpus, holds an MA in English from Rutgers University, tweets @IanMacAllen and is online at IanMacAllen.com. More from this author →