"Glazed" spines

Cottonwood Books cottonwoodbooks at yahoo.com
Tue Mar 1 12:22:33 EST 2005

Looking again, all of mine are "brothers and sisters".  All belonging to the same previous owners.  Interestingly, all men.  Agreed, this "glazing"/ shellac must have been featured in a magazine or something.  Really looking now, mine all date to the 1940s.  My earliest is a Fall of '39 copy.

Sharon Biederman <sbiederm at nova.umuc.edu> wrote:

I've seen dozens of MLs with shellac applied to spines or sometimes
the whole book. At some point there must have been an article in a
magazine advising this practice because the instances are too frequent to
explain by coincidence.


On Mon, 28 Feb 2005, John Krygier wrote:

> On Feb 27, 2005, at 4:16 PM, Cottonwood Books wrote:
> > On several MLs, without their DJs the spines, and only the spines, are 
> > sorta glazed.  Anyone know anything about these, or what this glaze 
> > is?  The ones I have are not X-Lib.
> I have one that seems to have shellac on it, maybe this is the same
> thing. I assume someone thought they were helping to preserve the
> book.
> There seems to be some olde book collector supplies that were not
> healthy for books. For example, the old dust jacket covers with
> the black tape along the top and bottom of the jacket (that, of
> course, sticks to the DJ and book in some cases).
> Something for the "what were they thinking" files.
> john k.

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