robert watling jr. rewatlingjr at gmail.com
Sat Jul 27 11:24:32 EDT 2013

I used to know a guy who used to work at Powell's City of Books in  
Portland Oregon. They buy used books from people off the street. He said  
if there was even a hint of mold, either visible or by scent, they took  
the books outside the building immediately lest the mold migrate to books  
in the store. So, if I saw a book with white spots on it and even a faint  
smell I think I'd have to let it go. Just my opinion.

On Sat, 27 Jul 2013 07:00:29 -0700, jwol <jwol at fast.net> wrote:

> 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

Read, every day, something no one else is reading.
Think, every day, something no one else is thinking.
Do, every day, something no one else would be silly
enough to do. It is bad for the mind to continually
be part of unanimity.--Christopher Morley

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