Eric Mayer - Bluebird Books books at bluebirdbooks.com
Sat Jul 27 16:41:47 EDT 2013


I can't speak to the whitish discoloration but can add my $.02 on the 
nature of the packaging. As a regular dealer in used and rare books, I 
take great pains to properly wrap and protect the books I ship out.

  I, too, often buy on sites such as eBay and have developed a friendly 
'be careful when you package my book(s)' letter that I send to the 
seller (if I don't know them) to thank them 'in advance for something 
they were probably all set to do anyway.' It really works. It is kind of 
funny how some items arrive...over-protected is common. One lot of about 
10 books came surrounded by maybe 15 children's T-shirts; now I'm set 
for rags around the house.

Eric M.
Bluebird Books
E-Mail: books at bluebirdbooks.com
Website: www.bluebirdbooks.com
Littleton, Colorado USA
Featuring high-quality used, out-of-print, and rare books
Member: RMABA (the Rocky Mountain Antiquarian Booksellers Association) 
IOBA (the Independent Online Booksellers Association)

------ Original Message ------
From: "jwol" <jwol at fast.net>
To: "Modern Library List Serve" <modlib at thuban.owu.edu>
Sent: 7/27/2013 8:00:29 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.
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