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


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:

Preservation from the Library of Congress (Multiple topics)

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.

Here is some helpful information about "Your Old Books" at

[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

This looks very interesting, American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works:

Wayne Homren, Editor

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