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Re: [BKARTS] Book-cleaning problem



No kidding -- people in the first edition/collectible market are rabid about
pristine copies. Luckily, my friend is in the scholarly book business, and
these are all math/science titles (the thriller he gave me to experiment on
is called Random Processes In Physical Systems: An Introduction to
Probability-Based Computer Simulations). Such folk are not *that* picky
about dust-jackets, but will complain if the book actually sticks to their
hands, desks, mouse pads, etc. Also, the problem is hard to describe
briefly, though Thomas Conroy had some great advice about that. Sigh. I just
wish the idiot who originally owned the books had simply left them alone. It
is unlikely that they would be in any worse condition than they are now.

Matthew

----- Original Message -----
From: "Dan Lauffer" <DLauffer@xxxxxxx>
To: <BOOK_ARTS-L@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Friday, January 23, 2004 7:07 PM
Subject: Re: Book-cleaning problem


> Your friend has an additional problem.  Any collectable book is worth
about
> 80% less without the dust jacket.  The extremes that dealers go to
describe
> 1/16 inch rips are amazing. He's probably best off describing them as
"reading
> copies" and then cleaning the residue.
>
> Dan
>
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