how best to care for old and cherished books?
August 27, 2012 5:08 AM Subscribe
I need a more in-depth guide on the proper care of my old (1800-1960) books. I know the basics, (no sun, no moisture, no dirty hands) but I have some questions whose answers I cannot find.
posted by windykites to Grab Bag (5 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Plastic covers: good, bad, or indifferent? I only recently discovered these, and I worry about their lack of breathability.
Upright or sidelying? Most sources seem to recommend upright storage but I've seen a few that said sidelying. I prefer upright for display purposes, but I notice that the part of the cover which extends past the pages starts to crumple and tear from gravity after a while. Is there a way to prevent this?
Fraying cloth covers- what, if anything, can I do? Ditto for filthy dirty cloth covers, torn pages, minor foxing, and other small repairs that aren't severe enough to visit a bookbinder.
Dusting the books- what's the safest way?
How often should I check for mildew, bugs, etc?
I'm not concerned about the resale value of these books (they have little or none) and I'm willing to have them rebound if neccessary, but I deeply cherish these books and would like to preserve them in as close to original condition as possible, while still being able to read them (and sometimes just pore over them like Scrooge counting his money...)and part of what I love about them is their covers, so rebinding as few as possible, now and in the future, is my preference.