The Care of Fine Books

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"Indispensable to collectors, librarians and booksellers, both professionals and amateurs alike, not only for the sound guidance it contains, but just as much for the grace and accessibility of its style and the directness of its Writing." Here is a thorough, readable guide to caring for books of value. From a discussion of the various techniques, and materials used in bookbinding to advice on handling and storage, Jane Greenfield has created a succinct yet complete resource for anyone who wants to preserve and protect their fine books. Whether
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Overview

"Indispensable to collectors, librarians and booksellers, both professionals and amateurs alike, not only for the sound guidance it contains, but just as much for the grace and accessibility of its style and the directness of its Writing." Here is a thorough, readable guide to caring for books of value. From a discussion of the various techniques, and materials used in bookbinding to advice on handling and storage, Jane Greenfield has created a succinct yet complete resource for anyone who wants to preserve and protect their fine books. Whether you are a collector, a librarian, or a conservation professional, you will benefit from this expert advice. Learn about appropriate levels of light, temperature, relative humidity, and pollution; how to secure a collection against fire, insect infestation, flood, and theft; and discover methods for cleaning and repairing books that have already been damaged. Always practical and amply illustrated, this is a must have reference for anyone who loves fine books.

About the Author:
Jane Greenfield was Conservator at the Yale University Library

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Concise, readable handbook on how to care for any book of value. Includes a brief history of book construction methods, advice on storage and handling of books, securing collections, and an index of suppliers of conservation materials. The author was formerly conservator at Yale University library. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781628737936
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 5/6/2014
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 639,050
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Jane Greenfield has been a member of the Guild of Book Workers since
1981. In 1991 she was designated an Honorary Member in recognition of her significant contributions to the book arts in America.

Nicholas A. Basbanes is the author of the bestselling book on book collecting, A Gentle Madness: Bibliophiles, Bibliomanes, and the Eternal Passion for Books.

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Table of Contents


Foreword   Nicholas A. Basbanes
Preface
The Nature of Books     13
The Storage of Books     47
The Handling of Books     81
Travel, Display, and Collecting     125
Materials and Suppliers     139
Bibliography     147
Index     151
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