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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 13, March 25, 2001, Article 6

ON BAGGING BOOKS 

   Numismatic bookseller Fred Lake writes: "Having received 
   books from consignors for over twelve years now, I have 
   seen just about every method used for trying to protect a 
   book. 

   Experience has shown that books stored in small plastic bags 
   are most apt to have started to mildew or show some "foxing." 
   Any moisture trapped in these bags is deadly to a book. 

   One way to kill silverfish is to place the book in a microwave 
   and "nuke" it on high setting for three or four seconds.  Do 
   NOT do this for a longer period of time or you will melt the 
   glue in the binding. Experiment with a book that you really 
   don't care much about. When I was a younger and braver lad, 
   I tried formaldehyde and Thymol, but I wouldn't touch the 
   stuff  now." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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