Which I love, but the Vellum spine is quite dirty and I was wondering about the safest way to clean it.
That's Willa Cather's Death Comes for the Archbishop, in a half leather binding offered by Heinemann for some popular titles in the late '30s - I just have Beatrice Tunstall's The Shiny Night in identical style. My copy is from 1937 when fifteen titles were available. Top edge gilt, very thin paper (at least in my book - it may have been one of those series which used different papers to achieve the same thickness for texts differing in length), binding not very strong.
The Song of Roland spine does look pretty good already to me, just, or mainly, naturally darkened.
It was the perfect width to bridge the gap between the Harry Potters and the Faerie Queene.
When it came time to clean my copy of the Nonesuch Press Dante, I used a dry eraser, as a test of the milk swab showed that the orange pigment used to color the vellum was not fast. The eraser worked well enough, getting most of the soil off the cover.
Those are the only two vellum bindings I've dealt with.
You had me on the edge of my armchair reading that! Glad it had a happy ending.
That sun-faded spine is a big problem for the Nonesuch Dante. I am fortunate that my copy was kept out of direct sunlight during its lifetime, so the spine has not faded in the least.
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