Tuesday, May 08, 2012

How Do You Remove A Bookplate

This month I have received three inquiries about bookplate removal so I have slightly revised an older  posting about the way I remove bookplates.

How Do You Remove a Bookplate?

Let us assume you purchased a book with  historical significance , an association copy from the library of a president. It would be a crime against future generations to remove the bookplate. On the other hand, if you went to a library book sale and got a Reader's Digest Condensed Book which had a bookplate you wanted, the removal would be completely acceptable.
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.
Lew Jaffe


male said...

. . . good info Lew,
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.

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