Faults Project: Kickoff questions

Scot Kamins kamins at dogeared.com
Sun Feb 24 16:38:18 EST 2002

At 10:18 AM -0500 2/24/02, j b krygier wrote:
>I think it is important to get folks to send interesting and
>unique flaws, particularly examples where what is
>technically a flaw is not perceived as such by the owner.
>Not all flaws are flaws!

I agree with John here.

I love those little book stickers, and I really enjoy inscriptions - 
stuff that shows the provenance of a book give the book life. I mean, 
these books were owned and - I hope - enjoyed by real people. And I 
love having books that were well cared-for. A near-fine 1930's book 
whose only evidence of use is the gift inscription is to me more 
valuable than a fine copy of the same vintage.

But we need some name, don't we? And faults - or flaws - is what 
folks call that which keeps the book from its ideal state. The ideal 
state - a correctly manufactured book without defects as it came from 
the factory - is what most collectors hold as the ultimate 
comparator; thus anything that moves away from that state is a flaw 
or defect or fault.

Let's call them "faults" - while what we REALLY mean can be our little secret.

Scot Kamins
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