BookScene.com bookscene at gmail.com
Sun Jul 28 14:57:07 EDT 2013

Yes, sounds like it was stored in a basement or a large barn. That type of
limited precipitate usually forms when a book is tightly in contact with
its neighbor. Every time there is a moisture event, water gets trapped,
drys, and leaves some residue. Probably both inorganic and organic

I'd chuck it, as far as collecting goes, would probably keep it if it was
for use as a reference work.

If i were to keep it, would treat it thus:

If it does not have any fragile inks or devices, wet a white cotton wash
cloth with denatured alcohol, and gently brush the binding cloth with the
towel. Then put it in a large box (pages fanned open) with an ozonator
machine for a few hours.

Basement or large barn: Paper feels and smells dry. Musty smell. May have
mold or precipitates.

Garage or shed: Paper feels dry, but smells wet. Soggy paper smell. May
have mold or precipitates.

Attic (non-leaking): Paper will tend to various levels of dry, yellowing,
even brittle if its quality and composition allow. Smells dry, but
preservation can be perfect.

Unfortunately, architects no longer build attics.

Neal Fenty
Bookscene at Gmail.com
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