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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 2, January 14, 2001, Article 9

MORE BOOK PRESERVATION LINKS 

   Stephen Pradier writes: "I have found a multitude of additional 
   information that I hope will benefit the NBS membership.  I am 
   always on the lookout for ways to help me in my endeavors: 
   Numismatics, Books, Care and Preservation of collections. 
   I think I need to quit my day job. I hope you will find this useful. 

  Care, handling and storage of books from the Library of Congress: 
      http://lcweb.loc.gov/preserv/care/books.html 

  Preservation from the Library of Congress (Multiple topics) 
      http://www.loc.gov/preserv/ 

   I received via U.S. Priority mail the catalog from University 
   Products - a very impressive and glossy catalog with everything 
   for Book Repair , storage, tools etc. You can even buy museum 
   display cases. 
      http://www.universityproducts.com/main.php3 

   Here is some helpful information about "Your Old Books" at 
      http://www.rbms.nd.edu/yob.html 

   [Editor's note:  This is a great, concise guide for collectors. 
   One topic addressed earlier in The E-Sylum is rebinding. 
   Here's what the site says about "Should I have my books 
   rebound before selling them?": 

      Few books are worth the cost of rebinding. Rebinding also 
      may destroy or alter some special aspect of the book that 
      might have given it value-e.g., original covers, an autograph 
      or bookplate on the inside cover, or original sewing 
      construction. Books in poor condition may need to be 
      repaired to lessen the chance of further damage, but the cost 
      should be judged according to the book's worth - this would 
      include, of course, the sentimental value of those books that 
      the owner intends to keep. Conservators can construct tailor- 
      made boxes as an alternative to expensive rebinding.  A well 
      made box will protect a fragile book and will help keep all 
      of the parts together.] 

   A step by step 'Book Repair Manual' with pictures, plus other 
   useful preservation information, is online at 
      http://www.dartmouth.edu/~preserve/repair/html/sew.htm 

   This looks very interesting, American Institute for Conservation 
   of Historic and Artistic Works: 
      http://aic.stanford.edu/ 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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