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The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New: A Simple Repair Manual for Book Lovers 1st Edition

3.9 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
ISBN-13: 978-1567317725
ISBN-10: 1567317723
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Rosenberg and Marcowitz, owners of Manhattan's Dog Lovers' Bookshop, gently introduce readers to the pleasures and intricacies of book TLC, along with not-so-random asides about canines. Carefully, they detail both friends of books (no direct sunlight, clean cloths, and sturdy level shelves) and foes (dust, insects, and the like) as well as simple cleaning and repairing. Nothing is complex--Elmer's Glue, for instance, rates as one of the best panaceas. And nothing is rushed--"dogs teach patience," the authors counsel. Everything here is absolutely dedicated to an enduring love of the printed page, accompanied by reflections on collecting, borrowing/lending, and enjoying the society around books. Head, tail, and spine above most nonfiction how-to's, this modest book deserves attention far beyond the universe of bibliomaniacs. Barbara Jacobs
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"A thorough and conversational manual by the founders of the Dog Lovers Bookshop (www.dogbooks.com)."--Time Out New York

"Everything here is absolutely dedicated to an enduring love of the printed page... Head, tail, and spine above most nonfiction how-to's, this modest book deserves attention far beyond the universe of bibliomaniacs."--Booklist

"Perfect for amateur bibliophiles"--Book Reporter

"This small, charming book about books is both practical and whimsical"--Curled Up with a Good Book
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: MJF Books; 1st edition (October 9, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567317723
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567317725
  • ASIN: 0312300670
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #175,272 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By mirasreviews HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 22, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Margot Rosenberg and Bern Markowitz wrote "The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New" after repeatedly being queried by their customers on how to care for old books. The couple owned Dog Lovers Bookshop in Manhattan (now on the web), which specialized in the literature of dogs, including many old and esoteric volumes. Inspired by basic handbooks for new dog owners, they set out to write a common sense guide to book ownership that covered routine care and basic first aid. In that, they have largely succeeded. This book would be a useful and much appreciated addition to the collection of any reader who isn't an expert, but is interested in keeping his or her books in top shape through preventive measures and minor repairs. It's a fantastic help for anyone who frequently purchases secondhand books that would benefit from a little clean-up.
The book starts out with an explanation of the common household products, as well as some specialized products, that will be of use to you in maintaining and repairing books. Then the authors talk about conditions which pose a threat to books -mold, insects, water, dirt, etc.- and what you can do to remedy the damage. There is a chapter on cleaning books and a chapter on repairing them. Both chapters address all parts of the book, including dust jackets. Most of the advice is for hardback books, but some of it applies equally to paperbacks. The discussion of book repair includes a section on professional bookbinding in case your book's affliction is beyond the scope of an amateur. There is a lengthy and informative interview with John Landau, owner of Find Binding and expert bibliopegist. The authors go on to recommend the best ways to handle, store and protect books.
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By A Customer on October 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful reference book for all book lovers and collectors. It has great tips for maintaining, repairing and storing books. It included a lot of information I had to glean from dealers over the years, such as: creating a book press to flatten warped books, how to choose a public storage unit so as to best protect your books, how to repair books when the pages are coming out, dealing with humidity, removing odors from books, etc. I suspect that this book will be in print for decades. Its a very "real world" book and is written simply, not bogged down with antiquarian terms. It also has a great bibliography and list of online resources. The only negative things I can say about this book is that I got tired of hearing about the dogs (the authors run a bookstore devoted to all things canine) and that not enough information was given about the special considerations of vintage paperbacks. Overall, an indispensable book for the "everyman" book collector.
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Format: Paperback
As a Librarian who specializes in Preservation Management, I found this book somewhat appauling. I found it to be full of factual errors. Many of the cleaning and repair procedures described in this book would actually do more harm than good in the long run - while book tape, rubbing alcohol, homemade paste, and Elmer's glue might seem like harmless substances, these items will break down over time, yellowing, cracking, and damaging your treasured book. The bookbinder's motto is not as these misguided souls profess "Don't make it any worse", but rather "Don't do anything you can't undo". Readers of this book will come away with just enough knowledge to do some real damage! If you're unsure of your methods, you're better off leaving your books alone! If you're really interested in learning book repair, there are many manuals written by trained professionals who actually have some idea what they're talking about.
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Format: Hardcover
The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New is a lovely little volume that provides the novice book repairer with all the information they need to make minor repairs on damaged books. The authors do an excellent job of describing the tools needed and methods to be used, and are very clear about what sort of damage should be tackled only by an experienced book binder. The repair of loose pages and broken hinges are covered, as well as what to do about a stinky book.

I believe this is an excellent book for any bibliolater (defined by the authors to mean anyone with an extravagant devotion to books) to have on their book shelf. With the dust jacket in a protective cover, of course.
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Format: Paperback
This book got my attention when I saw it in a bookstore.As I have done some minor book repairing,I bought it without looking at it too closely;thinking one can always learn something new.This book is extremely elementary and a relaxing read; if you don't let the "dog talk" annoy you too much.

Some of the few books I've seen on basic care and repair of books;are the books by Jane Greenfield,referenced on page 152.I feel they still are the books that cover the subject best.The rest of the material in this book is okay for someone who is just beginning to look into "books on books";but again it is extremely superficial.

I am also surprised that "A Passion For Books",by Rabinowitz and Kaplan was not mentioned;one of the best I've read.

Like I said,a very elementary book on books.It might serve the purpose for a collector just starting or for a Librocubicularist.*

*Reads in bed
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