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Here is a concise, eminently readable handbook on how to care for any book of value. For collectors, librarians, and curators it represents an elegant summation of their responsibilities and techniques. Included in The Care of Fine Books is a brief history of book-construction methods and a discussion of the nature of fine books and their component materials, thorough advice on the storage and handling of books, securing a collection against fire, flood, theft, or other mishap, and elementary cleaning and repair. An Appendix lists sources of materials and supplies. The text is graced with over 200 line illustrations by the author. (7 X 9 1/4, 160 pages, illustrations, diagrams)
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About the Author

Jane Greenfield has been a member of the Guild of Book Workers since 1981. In 1991 she was designated an Honorary Member in recognition of her significant contributions to the book arts in America.

Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of the bestselling book on book collecting, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; Reprint edition (September 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602390789
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602390782
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #829,456 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Information that one wants to know about books as material objects is presented here.

This book although not very thick in comparison definitely is very thorough. For private collectors this book is a must have.

How/where to store books, preservation. Great write up on dealing with books on water damage and various hazards such as pests etc. Also contains information on structure of a book. Metal vs. Wooden shelves are also an excellent writeup.

Great reference, highly recommended.
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Book is lavishly illustrated with fine pen or pencil drawings. One chapter called "The Handling of Books" that is about 40 pages long. Another chapter shows how to oil a book and how to remove insects. Lots of interesting trivia.
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Quick - what should you do if you find signs of insects in a valuable old book? Greenfield's 'The care of fine books' answers this and similar book care questions. Her answers are based on years of experience and delivered in easy to understand, non-technical language. As a librarian, I find myself reaching for 'The Care of Fine Books' several times a week. I think this book would also appeal to book collectors or to anyone who cares for cherished books.
BTW, Greenfield's non-toxic and non-distructive recommendation is to freeze books with bugs. It works!
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One of dozens of "books about books" in my collection, many of which have overlapping subject matter, Jane Greenfield's book includes tips and techniques, succinctly described, that one cannot easily find elsewhere.
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A fine book which is of help to me and I was happy with my purchase. The topic caught my eye and the price was reasonable. The author is very knowledgable on the subject.
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