The authors cover the fundamental chemistry of the bulk materials such as wood, paper, natural fibres and skin products, as well as that of the relatively minor components incorporated as paint, media, varnishes, adhesives and dyes. This expanded second edition, now in paperback, follows the structure of the first, though it has been extensively updated. In addition to chapters on basic organic chemistry, analytical methods, analytical findings and fundamental aspects of deterioration, the subject matter is grouped as far as possible by broad chemical class - oils and fats, waxes, bitumens, carbohydrates, proteins, natural resins, dyestuffs and synthetic polymers.
This is an essential purchase for all practising and student conservators, restorers, museum scientists, curators and organic chemists.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 222
Weight: 431 g
Dimensions: 248 x 191 x 11 mm
Edition: 2nd New edition
John Winter, Studies in Conservation (1988)
Reviews of the second edition:
'The book will serve the needs of restorers and conservators, museum scientists, students of conservation and curators as well as organic chemists faced with the challenging task of analyzing small samples of complex and degraded natural products.' CONSERVATION NEWS, November 1994
'While it is primarily aimed at the conservator and museum scientists, I recommend this book to anybody who is interested in the properties and use of natural materials in artefacts.'
V. Daniels, Chemistry in Britain, Jan. 1995
'This provides, in one volume, all that curators, archivists, conservators and others with a responsibility for collections of objects will ever need to know about carbon-based chemistry.'
New Heritage Magazine
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