CATHERINE GASS
A Week in Dowie's Zion, author unknown, Silverfish damageHistory of Cook County, Illinois by A.T. Andreas, c.1884, Bookmarks
   
History of Cook County, Illinois by A.T. Andreas, c.1884, Bookmarks

Book of Gospel (1800’s), StaplesCharles Louis Manske, Washington University, Dept. of Sociology-Anthropology Thesis, 1958
Fire damage, torn stitching 
King James Bible, date unkown
Adhesive damageSears New Color Perfect Wall Paper, 1936, Water damage, moldThe Bulletin- Property Log vol.8 (1886), Adhesive damageWilson’s Topical and Textual Index for Bible Students c. 1897, 
Fire, Water and Mold
Wilson’s Topical and Textual Index for Bible Students c. 1897, 
Water damage
Mitchel Dawson’s Album, Hair samples from various family members, n.d.Lutheran Church Records, Chicago, 1947, Water damageLutheran Church Records, Chicago, 1947, Water damage, moldBlood and Money by Thomas Thompson, 1976, Extra-illustrated, paint, magazine,  MylarBlood and Money by Thomas Thompson, 1976, Extra-illustrated, paint, MylarInfestations - BurnInfestations - OrationInfestations - Insect TunnelsInfestations - FrassInfestations-wingsInfestations - FlyInfestations-RustInfestations - Dog ChewInfestations - Worm HolesInfestations - Worm HolesInfestations - WingsInfestations - Worm HolesInfestations - Insect TunnelsInfestationsInfestations - MoldInfestations-worm holesInfestations - WingsInfestations-worm holesInfestations-wingsInfestations-hole-stitchedInfestations-adhesiveInfestationsInfestations-holeInfestationsInfestations - Moth WingsInfestations - Dog ChewInfestationsInfestations-Worm HolesInfestations -Worm HolesInfestations -MoldInfestations - MoldInfestations - ChickweedInfestations - MoldInfestations -MoldInfestations
Infestations
Infestations Collection-Color Photographs

Infestations are a series of color photographs examining patterns of damage in books made by both insect and man. Insects eat the protein and starch components in books and their feces disfigure the pages. The irregular feeding of silverfish gradually abrades the surface of the page, removing the printed word. Man scribbles, cuts, burns and leaves traces of objects on or within books: rust from scissors, acidic stains from newspaper clippings and the wings of insects for the entomologist.

A damaged manuscript can contain more information about its history than a well preserved one.


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