Clare Imholtz muldoone99 at yahoo.com
Thu Aug 1 12:34:03 EDT 2013

for slight mustiness, enclosing it in a plastic bag with a few dryer sheets stuck in often works for me.
never heard of the freezer method, will have to try.

clare imholtz
On Sat, 7/27/13, jwol <jwol at fast.net> wrote:

 To: "Modern Library List Serve" <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
 Date: Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10:00 AM
 The first clue my latest
 online purchase is a problem is when I happened to check the
 tracking number online at 7:00 PM and noted it was delivered
 at 5:15 PM that day; however, the book was not on my front
 porch.  I returned from the gym at 4:30 PM, collected
 my mail from my mailbox but noted no book.   I
 emailed the USPS, provided relevant details and asked,
 “what next?”Two days later I received an
 email explaining it could be picked up at the post office or
 scheduled for redelivery.  I preferred the
 inconvenience of driving the seven miles to the post office
 than risking having another deliver failure.When presented with the
 package, I noted three tears in the manila envelope it was
 mailed in.  Opening it, I found my newly acquired 3 lb
 10 oz Buckram Giant with 1,124 pages was wrapped in a Saran
 Wrap type product with no bubble wrap or padded envelope to
 carry it across the country.  A manila envelope! 
 No wonder it was torn in three places and a miracle there
 was no damage to the book.Looking at the book, I would
 grade it as very good apart from the following:  the
 front and rear cover have some sort of mottling, not
 prominent but discernible spots.  An associate and
 serious collector described them as white and suggested the
 book was probably stored in a basement.  There is a
 slight hint of mustiness to the pages, but not
 overbearing.  I checked other sales by this seller and
 discovered mostly non books, sewing machine parts, video
 games, etc.  So they are not a book dealer.So, what is it?  Is it
 contagious?  Can it be treated?Thanks for any help.John
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