New Scientific Methods to Preserve Gutenberg Bibles

Dutch scientists have discovered new, non-invasive techniques to identify the composition of the inks and pigments used in Gutenberg Bibles in order to better preserve the books.

The study will be published in the June 1, 2005 issue of the American Chemical Society’s Analytical Chemistry and will discuss "spectroscopic chemical analysis of the pigments represents an important first step in an appropriate conservation and preservation strategy,