Full Conservation Treatment of Thomas Gray's Elegy

Elegy original cover

Gray, Thomas. Elegy (London: Longman; New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1846).

Thomas Gray's 1751 Elegy became a staple of English poetry. This 1846 publication of that poem has illuminations by famed book artist Owen Jones and a leather binding molded to resemble carved wood. The volume's pages were all detached from the binding.

Elegy original text
Elegy restored text

Conservator's Treatment Summary Report:

Dry cleaned pages with non-abrasive vinyl eraser. Removed old adhesive from pages and re-glued with PVA adhesive. Re-cased in original cover with new Japanese paper joints. Furbished binding with acrylic watercolors.

Elegy restored title page
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