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The Organic Chemistry of Museum Objects


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CONTENTS INCLUDE: Basic organic chemistry; Analytical methods; Oils and fats; Natural waxes; Bituminous materials; Carbohydrates: sugars and polysaccharides; Proteins; Natural resins and lacquers; Synthetic materials; Dyestuffs and other coloured materials; Deterioration: causes and prevention; Analysis in practice.

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* Available for the first time in paperback * Detailed, comprehensive coverage of the subject area * The only definitive guide to the survey of chemical composition


Review of first edition: 'Much of the book has been needed in the fields of conservation science and technical studies for some time. A sound and accurate basic introduction to the chemistry of a number of widely occurring materials is presented, together with enough summarized data to give the work value as a reference tool.'
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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