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pricing - customer's view
- To: BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU
- Subject: pricing - customer's view
- From: "c.e.reeve" <tpreeve@ISLAND.NET>
- Date: Thu, 1 May 1997 08:37:24 -0700
- Message-Id: <199705011537.IAA21455@SUL-Server-2.Stanford.EDU>
- Sender: "The Book Arts: binding, typography, collecting" <BOOK_ARTS-L@LISTSERV.SYR.EDU>
I'm on the List because I love books - looks, feel, contents, concepts, etc
etc - and want to know all I can about them. I have been a librarian, I
sometimes write and sometimes even publish little things using lasers and
copiers. But I don't DO bookarts, conservation etc. I know enough about such
things to want to treat books well.
I own about 5000 books of various sorts and conditions. A few have been used
for several generations with predictable results. Most are children's books,
which I would like to let my grandchildren see and handle. There is also a
Bible and Prayer Book, both still in use, but much the worse for wear. Not
expensive editions, could be 'replaced' without loss of anything but
personal history. Perversely, I want to use THESE copies. So I enquired
about repairs. I had to conclude that my father would spin out-of-control in
his grave if I paid $200 to have his little Bible repaired.
Even if it were more valuable, as I suspect some of the children's books may
be, paying so much for repairs is out of the question. So I must hold them
together as best I can.
Maybe this is why when you DO get a book to repair/ conserve, whatever, it
has had the wrong kind of glue etc applied.
So I don't know what this proves, except perhaps there is room, and even a
market, for various levels, types, specialties, whatever, of book-artisans
C. E. Reeve / Phyllis Reeve
Page's Resort and Marina [Page's on Silva Bay]
RR2, Site 30, C1, Gabriola Island, B.C. Canada V0R 1X0
Phone (250) 247-8931
Visit us at http://www.island.net/~tpreeve/index.htm