James Higby submitted these thoughts on packing books for shipment, with a link to John Bergman's fine treatment of the subject. Thanks!
I'd like to raise an issue that I haven't seen raised in these pages for a long while, if ever: that of packing books for safe, undamaged arrival at their destination.
There are some purveyors of fine numismatic books, both new and antiquarian, who have perfected the craft. When I order from them I never have to wonder if the corners will be bumped, spine broken, or dust jacket crumpled. And then there are others, some among the star players of the numismatic publishing business, who send books out in flimsy packaging no more substantial than a plastic bag from a grocery store.
I now contemplate spending a few hundred dollars for two books forthcoming from one that shall remain nameless, but that I unfortunately must classify into the latter category. As a result, I believe it's time to dust off a treatise on this topic which originated with our own NBS. In fact, it's the best I've ever read: John Bergman's article, "How to Pack Books."
Perhaps this will serve as the clarion call for change on the part of all who have not seen, or have chosen to ignore, this article.
John's article went up on our web site back in 2000, and it was referenced twice here in The E-Sylum. But good advice is always worth repeating. Everyone from new subscribers to old bibliophiles like me are encouraged to read it. It's every bit as relevant today as it was then.
To read the complete article, see:
How to Pack Books
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
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