Recovering water-damaged books and paper – is it possible?

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Having a flood or water damage in your home can be a disaster. Not only can it ruin your floors and walls, it can also cause damage to anything that happens to be in its path. Unfortunately, this can include your collection of books and papers. When a book has been damaged by water, many […]

Book Collecting: Illustrated glossary of terms, edition, & condition

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Ever how to interpret the condition, edition, and other terms included in the description of a book for sale? Here we’ll unravel the mystery. Book Condition Terms Very fine is a flawless copy, perfect in every way and probably never read. These are few and far between. Sometimes abbreviated “VF.” Fine is a copy with […]

Are Books with Binding or Printing Errors Collectible?

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Have you ever brought a new book home, only to discover that the cover was on backwards, or there were printing errors (for instance, pages repeated, omitted, out of sequence, or upside down)? If so, perhaps you’ve wondered how it affects the book’s collectible value. Such errors are considered defects and will almost always have […]

Book Bindings:
An Illustrated Guide for Collectors

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For this article, we’re going to focus upon the various types of book bindings, and some things that effect their condition. Primary Types of Book Bindings Broadly, there are two kinds of bindings: hardcover, and softcover. The books you’re most likely to find in your local bookstore tend to fall into three variations of these. […]

First Edition Condition

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Book Condition & Grading Book collectors generally want books that are in as close to their original condition as possible. Books that appear new & unread (or nearly so), are most desirable. Booksellers and collectors grade books (and dust jackets) using standardized terms: Very Fine is a flawless copy, perfect in every way and probably […]

Bookplates – Various Types, Desirability & How They Affect Book Values

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A bookplate is a small printed label which is adhered to a book, most often inside the front cover. They are also sometimes known as “ex libris,” meaning “from the library of.”) They’re most commonly used to identify the book’s owner. However, some bookplates are signed by authors; they are then affixed to the book, […]

How to Care for Your Collectible Books: 18 Essential Tips

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I recently received an email from someone who asked, “Is there a correct, careful way to handle a book so as not to damage it? That is–is it possible to be both a book collector and a reader of the books or should those two hobbies be completely separate?” The answer is that it’s very […]