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Non-destructive analysis for the investigation of decomposition phenomena of historical manuscripts and prints

Non-destructive analysis for the investigation of decomposition phenomena of historical manuscripts and prints
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Faubel, W. / Staub, S. / Simon, R. / Heissler, S. / Nüesch, R. / Pataki, A. / Banik, G. (2006)

place: Spectrocimica Acta Part B (2006)

Date: 2006

Faubel, W. / Staub, S. / Simon, R. / Heissler, S. / Nüesch, R. / Pataki, A. / Banik, G. (2006): „Non-destructive analysis for the investigation of decomposition phenomena of historical manuscripts and prints“. In: Spectrocimica Acta Part B (2006)

Abstract

As a contribution to the increasing efforts to preserve cultural heritage, historical books as well as illuminated manuscripts endangered by corrosive writing and printing materials or destructive coloring matters, non-destructive analytical methods are highly desirable enabling an in-situ examination of the surface status of an object.

The development and application of a novel combination of non-destructive analytic methods based on (a) synchrotron radiation induced micro-X-ray fluorescence (SR-μXRF) and (b) Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) microscope allows to investigate the state as well as the effectiveness of conservation procedures for historical manuscripts.

Examples of measurements include (1) an iron gall ink manuscript of a historical memo on legal land description of the year 1769, (2) an original hand colored herbal of the years 1536/38 from the Senckenbergische Bibliothek, Frankfurt, and (3) the incunabula Johannes von Saaz: “Der Ackermann aus Boehmen” fated from 1463 and printed by Albrecht Pfister, Bamberg, owned by the Herzog August Bibliothek, Wolfenbuettel.


 

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