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Re: When bad things happen to good books.



In my opinion, the worst enemy of books have been the
librarians
themselves, who in the past regularly defaced books by
tearing out
the title page when discarding a book, and who often put
numerous
library ink stamps on plates, etc. This kind of stuff is
still going on.
A library may discard a book because no one refers to it for
many years.
Some times it is a rare book but the librarian is not aware
of it.
I have seen this many many times.
Art

-----Original Message-----
From: Loud Creek Books & Bindery
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Date: Tuesday, March 14, 2000 20:37 PM
Subject: When bad things happen to good books.


>The list may interested in the following link.
>
>http://www.worldwideschool.com/library/books/lit/literaryst
udies/EnemiesofBo
>oks/toc.html
>
>It is a "book" entitled "The Enemies of Books" said enemies
include
>"collectors" one of whom pillaged rare book collections in
libraries by
>removing title pages from said books. Not to oddly it also
mentions
>"Bookbinders".
>
>AN interesting read.
>
>Many rare book dealers steadfastly refuse to sell leaves
they know to be
>removed from a whole or complete book. But then how do you
tell? Myself I
>have refused to sell an early folio on alpine wild flowers
because I knew
>the woman who wanted to buy it was going to remove the
plates and use them
>for wallpaper of alll  things. The book was instead donated
to the
>Smithsonian.
>
>KK
>
>
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