Books with leather

Recovery Priority during the first 24-48 hours:

  • Immediately freeze if there are too many to air dry within the first 24 hours.
  • Shrinkage and distortions increase with wetness and the degree of uncontrolled drying.
  • Animal skin becomes very limp when moist and gel-like if left wet for too long.
  • Extremely wet vellum or parchment may be very fragile, so handle gently with support underneath.
  • Keep weakened books intact; do not open text block or remove covers unless needed. Do not tightly compress items.