On faded, darkened, stained DJ spines

Scot Kamins kamins at dogeared.com
Thu Apr 5 15:35:32 EDT 2001


I notice different degrees of deterioration starting on older (pre-1955 
or so) dust jacket spines and am curious as to the cause. Sometimes the 
colors are faded, which I take to be the effects of sunlight. 

But at other times the spine is darkened, and the darkening goes clear 
through to the inverse. At first I took this to be the effects of tobacco 
smoke, but often there's no tobaccoy smell.

At other times I see darkening along with what appears to be 
damp-staining, but there's no corresponding color running on the boards 
leading me to believe the book hasn't been wet.

What causes these various forms of deterioration, and can anything be 
done about it?



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