Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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carbonaceous inks

A general term used in describing a group of inks produced from finely ground carbon or a similar substance, e.g., soot or lampblack, and which are jet black and very stable. A glutinous substance is used as a binder. Such inks are the simplest of all inks to produce and have been known from the earliest times. They have no destructive influences on paper but they do present difficulties to restorers because they are so easily affected by water. The carbonaceous inks may be subdivided into CARBON INK ,CHINESE INK , and the SEPIA INKS .

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