Peachey Conservation provides a wide variety of bookbinding and conservation services for institutions and individuals. Peachey enjoys treating all types of books from incunabulum to Grandma’s cookbook. All treatments are designed to preserve historic, artifactual, intrinsic and monetary value. Peachey is a Professional Associate in the American Institute of Conservation (AIC) and has served as Chair of Conservators In Private Practice. All treatments are preformed in accordance with the AIC Code of Ethics.
HOW TO GET A TREATMENT ESTIMATE
Please contact Peachey to arrange a treatment estimate. He can provide this virtually or in person. He has experience dealing with local, national, and international clients.
This major treatment of a 1564 Ausbund, has an interesting backstory. The book was torn in half in the 1920’s and part of the treatment was to reunite the two tattered halves. It is the only surviving copy of this important Anabaptist song book. The treatment consisted of surface cleaning, page repairs, resewing, adding a textblock infill, rebacking, and boxing.
For more than 30 years, Peachey has specialized in the conservation of books and paper artifacts for institutions and individuals. He is the inventor of the Peachey Board Slotting Machine, which is used by many institutions world wide to help treat books with detached boards, and also makes specialized hand tools. He was awarded a 2015 Fellowship at the Bellagio Center in Lake Como, Italy, and the 2015 Patricia Fleming Visiting Fellowship in Bibliography and Book History from the University of Toronto, Canada.
PHILOSOPHY OF BOOK CONSERVATION
It was over 100 years ago that Douglas Cockerell wrote in Bookbinding and the Care of Books, “Generally speaking, it is desirable that the characteristics of an old book should be preserved… It is far more pleasant to see an old book in a patched contemporary binding, than smug and tidy in the most immaculate modern cover.”
Like Cockerell, I prefer to save all as much as possible during a conservation treatment. A treatment should respect their age and retain the the material evidence books contain, while allowing them to function without causing more damage. Sometimes this also involves chemical stabilization. Usually, it is possible to retain most material parts of a binding. These intrinsic aspects of books and paper artifacts — their physical construction, material content, aesthetics, and tactile qualities — are unique and irreplaceable. These are the aspects I preserve for future generations.