Encyclopedia of ML Flaws

Murry and Carolyn Spector candm at eskimo.com
Mon Jan 23 20:58:43 EST 2006


I have found over the years that this is also true: "slight shelfware" 
means a pretty moldy smell.

Murry

JOSEPH HILL wrote:

>I have found over the years that the following is true--
>As New,Very Fine,Fine,Very Good,Good,etc,is in the eye of the book dealer....no jest intended!
>Also.beware  of key words,such as,mint,old,for its age,never read,rare,ex library but....
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>SPECIALIZE IN MODERN LIBRARY  
>FOLIO SOCIETY OF LONDON
>LOEB CLASSICAL LIBRARY
>EVERYMAN'S  LIBRARY
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>-----Original Message-----
>From: J B Krygier
>Sent: Mon, 23 Jan 2006 10:04:48 -0800
>To: modlib at algol.owu.edu
>Subject: Re: Encyclopedia of ML Flaws
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>On Jan 22, 2006, at 4:58 PM, Scot Kamins wrote:
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>>A few years ago (Feb 2002) we discussed the possibility of creating  
>>a visual encyclopedia on Dogeared of book flaws.
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>I think what you mean is a visual encyclopedia of book condition,
>including common flaws.  It would be good to see what a "fine"
>book and dust jacket look like (eg., no flaws!).  There are plenty
>of sources on the WWW which describe book condition in words:
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>http://www.ioba.org/desc.html
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>...but not many have images.  An example of a page with images:
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>Powells: http://www.powells.com/rarebooks/bookbasics.html
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>I don't think there are particular condition or flaw issues unique
>to ML editions, so it would be a project that is more about book
>condition in general, with ML examples.  I think this was the reason
>this project was not pursued in the past (check the archives!) -
>not really unique to the ML.
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>The other problem is that the assessment of condition varies
>considerably, even, it seems, among experts, thus there may be
>(ok, will be) disagreements.  For example, does a price clip
>on an otherwise perfect DJ drop it from Fine to Very Good?
>What about a bold owner signature in pen?  One inch hole drilled
>through the book with a drill press? (else fine).
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>John K.
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