Tuesday, May 08, 2012
How Do You Remove A Bookplate
How Do You Remove a Bookplate?
It's all very subjective .Over the years I have removed many bookplates.
Sometimes the books are donated to a charity, sometimes they are resold on ebay.
Here is the way I remove the bookplates without damaging the book.I would suggest that you start by practicing on distressed items.These instructions should not be used for leather bookplates and those with red dye should be tested first with a moistened Q-Tip, as red tends to bleed.
1) Boil Water
2) Fold a paper towel in quarters and cut it slightly larger than the bookplate
3) Using tongs, immerse the folded towel into the boiling water.
4) Place the steaming towel on top of the bookplate. If the bookplate is on the inside front
cover be sure it is level. You may have to place a saucer under it to keep it level.
5) Wait two minutes and place the point of a knife under a corner of the bookplate. Lift gently
and try to pull off.If you encounter resistance continue to soak another minute.
6) To avoid curling, after removal , place the bookplate between some paper towels ,
place a book on top and let it sit for a day.
Let me know how well this worked for you. From time to time you may be surprised to find a second bookplate under the one you removed.
5/10/2012 The following information should also be noted:
Thank You Mr. Fox
Subject: Re: Bookplate Removal
Lew Jaffe's post on bookplate removal is good and works well. I would
add one extra step in the process, which is after the plate is removed,
carefully clean the reverse of any old glue or paste residue that may be
left by using another piece of damp paper towel or cotton cloth as a
swab. By doing this you eliminate the possibility of the glue re-glueing
itself and sticking the plate back on the drying materials.
George K. Fox
That's all for today.
I was thinking while reading through what I might add and then you mentioned what was on my mind - "don't be surprised to find another bookplate underneath the one you are removing" - this has happened to me.