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Re: [BKARTS] Warped books- Wavy pages

The following recommendation is correct, however, if the pages are indeed that damp, standing the book(s) to dry could cause even more cockling. An alternative would be to insert sheets of dry paper, or even thin sheets of card stock. The thin sheets of card stock would not only remove the moisture, but would also, since they have some thickness, encourage the cockled pages to lay flat. In other words, since the pages are already cockled, pressing may not be sufficient. By introducing some flat material, there is a better chance of flattening the pages. Of course, one needs to be careful and not add too much material as it could cause a problem with the binding ---- the addition of maybe a total of 1/4" for a standard ( ?1-1/2" thick ?) book should be OK; one needs to understand the limits and watch what the books says.
Good Luck,
Bill Minter

On Oct 26, 2007, at 11:08 AM, Sarah Boyd Blythe wrote:


You're right. Pressing the book really is your only option at this point in
time. However, I should caution you to check to make sure the book is
thoroughly dry before you continue this pressing process. If pages are damp,
you risk the chance of mold forming on your book, which would, essentially
ruin the book (it is costly to vacuum mold off books and you can never be
sure that it's all gone). And, if the book is moldy and you expose it to
other books in the collection you hazard spreading this mold to the rest of
your collection. To dry a book, stand it up on its tail, fan open the pages
(prop open book covers if necessary) and set a fan on it until it is
completely dry.

Good luck,
Sarah Blythe

On 10/26/07, Eric Sigurdson <esigurdson@xxxxxxx> wrote:

Hello Everyone!
.... I sent the largest and most expensive textbooks that I wanted to have with
me ahead via international airmail, as I could pack them more carefully
and am familiar with the way luggage is treated by airline employees. When
they arrived here at my dorm in Japan I immediately opened the box (my big
mistake, judging from the one relevant article that I found in the
archive), very anxious to see how they had weathered the trip. I don't know for
sure, but I don't believe that I noticed any warping that night. But the day
after, to my great dismay, I noticed that the pages on most of my books,
as seen from the top and bottom, had noticeably warped. It seems that
condensation formed on the books because I brought them cold into the much
more humid environment of Japan. I'm sending this post to ask for any
advice. Since the books arrived about 15 days ago, I have been pressing
them with other books in an attempt to smooth out the creases with weight. This
seems to be working to some degree, but I wanted to post here and ask if
there is anything else that I might do to.



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