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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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, …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}

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 …{read more}