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.
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!
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.
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.