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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 12, March 18, 2001, Article 12

OTHER PRESERVATION TIPS 

   Bob Dunfield writes; "Perhaps I can offer some tips for 
   Adrian Gonzales regarding his request for information on 
   book storage. ('E-Sylum v4#11, March 11. 2001. 

   If a book has a dust jacket, particular care should be taken 
   to preserve it.  Often, the dust jacket is the most valuable 
   part of a rare book, sometimes as much as 80% of the book's 
   value.  There are two dust jacket protectors that I can 
   recommend, those made by Brodart and Demco. In my 
   opinion, the Brodart product is of better quality, and easier 
   to use. Brodart Co. may be reached toll free at 
   (800) 233-8467. 

   They come in many sizes, clear harder plastic on one side, 
   and acid-free white paper on the other. Many booksellers 
   offer them, particularly dealers of used and rare books. A 
   standard size dust jacket protector that will fit most new 
   novels should cost about 60 cents.  After adding this, the 
   book may be placed in a plastic bag, and taped tight. These 
   bags are often sold in several sizes by many comic book 
   sellers. 

   For the better books, there are several individuals that will 
   make a custom slipcase for the book. They can be made in 
   a "slip-in",  or "clamshell"  design.  Cost for these vary from 
   $40 to $120,  depending on the size, material, gold leaf 
   lettering for the title, etc.   I was fortunate to acquire a first 
   edition of  'Early American Cents'  by Dr. William H. Sheldon. 
   I do not refer to this book, using a reprinted edition instead. 
   This is an excellent example of a book that would be stored 
   for years. The plastic bag will keep out most of the moisture, 
   and the slipcase will protect the cover from fading if 
   exposed to sunlight." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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