We are frequently asked by collectors and clients about the use of gloves in the handling of rare books. This recent entertaining article by Jennifer Scheussler of The New York Times is a guide to why we, for the most part, say "No"!:
[The elegantly gloved hand illustrated is from a portrait of Queen Adelaide by William Beechey]
For Rare Book Librarians, It’s Gloves Off. Seriously.
When handling rare books, experts say that bare, just-cleaned hands are...