"I love my great writers" snail said, and together with all his little friends he feasted on them.
These books were for two years in old rabbit mulch under the leakage of the drainpipe of the shed in the garden of Atelier It Plein 19. ("They were not my favourite books": Joop Visser)
After that, in their chalky burial chambers, they had a few weeks in cleaning rains.
Still the pages could be separated when softly washed, and some pages were indeed 'headstrong'. By that I mean: the pages with the portraits had an extra layer of transparent printing ink, this is an old technique to make a page 'glossy' as we would call it now. This kept these pages in 'perfect' order.
Such techniques are related to the modern 'spot-UV' and the classic 'Indian Laid', 'Chine Collée' (also spelled Chine Collé) and need special knowledge, and experience when restaured.
Coming to think of it: the 'ginger-bread ABCDarium' (to be found on other pages of Books2Eat) would be 'glossed' by using egg-white.
When opened and whashed with rainwater we could still rescue this incredible picture:
only three days later:
These projects are a joint effort of all members of the board of the Book/Work/Research Foudation
Dit project wordt ondernomen als een gezamelijke activiteit van de bestuursleden van de Stichting Boek/Werk/Onderzoek