Creating ink for both the printed and handwritten page, as well as preserving it, has a long history in which chemistry plays an integral part. Some historic inks have started to destroy the pages they’re printed on. Other books and manuscripts have been damaged as a result of older conservation practices that place more emphasis on looks than historic accuracy.
00:00 Opening Credits
01:22 Element of the Week: Copper
03:09 Rare book tour with Ronald Brashear and Glen Ruzicka
08:43 Chemistry in Your Cupboard: Secret Inks
10:46 Quote: Vladimir Nabokov
Special thanks to Anke Timmermann for researching this show. Additional credits available at chemheritage.org/distillations.
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