Bizarre book repairs – journal volume bound with nails

Nail used to bind journal volumeYou never know what you’re going to find when you open an old book! This 1953 volume of Architectural Forum from the Rotch Library had been improperly “repaired” at some point using 10 nails. One of the nails was even sticking out of the book’s spine.

Staff in Preservation + Conservation Services removed the nails, and the book will be rebound using a more conventional method–no tetanus shot required!

Nails removed from journal volume