Recipes for the Care and Cleaning of Books

John Power - A Handy Book About Books

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To Kill and Prevent Bookworms.
Take 1 ounce of camphor, powdered like salt, 1 ounce of bitter apple, cut in halves, mix, and spread on the bookshelves, and renew every eight or ten months. (N.B. If bitter apple (Colocynth) cannot be procured, use tobacco.)

To Remove Stains of Oil, Grease, etc,
J Chlorine water, or a weak solution of chloride of lime, removes stains, and bleaches the paper at the same time, but this involves pulling the book to pieces. If the stains are small, they may be removed with a weak solution of chloride of lime a piece, the size of a nut, to a pint of water, a camel's hair pencil, and plenty of patience.

Polishing Old Bindings.
Take the yolk of an egg, beat it up with a fork, apply it with a sponge, having first cleansed the leather with a dry flannel. When the leather is broken, rubbed, or decayed, rub a little paste into the parts to fill up the holes, otherwise the glair would sink into them and turn them black. To produce a polished surface a hot iron must be passed over the leather.
Perfume of Books.

Musk, with one or two drops of oil of Neroli, sponged on each side of the leaves and hung up to dry, will give a powerful odor, A more simple plan is, to place a vial of the mixture on the bookcase, or place there pieces of cotton impregnated with oil of cedar or of birch.

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