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Old 08-29-2010, 12:14 AM   #1
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Preserving a 1721 Urry Chaucer?

I recognize that an eBook forum might not be the best place for this question but I'll give it a whirl.

My wife inherited a copy of the works of Chaucer published by John Urry in 1721. A quick search on the internet shows that it likely worth at least a couple grand.

This is what we have (picture from wikipedia)

It's been sitting on our buffet for a while now and I can't help but think that we should be doing something to protect it.

Does anyone know anything about preserving old books that would be helpful? I have no idea where to start.
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Old 08-29-2010, 12:53 AM   #2
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You might want to ask montsnmags, I think he has a thing for old pbooks.
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Try the Library or a Museum near you.
They should be able to help you out.
Rare book dealers might be helpful, also.
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Old 08-29-2010, 02:24 AM   #4
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Does anyone know anything about preserving old books that would be helpful? I have no idea where to start.
Unless it has some sentimental value, I'd advise you to sell it. Then someone who really wants it will buy it and look after it.

Although you might want to scan/photograph the pages first, and make your own ebook version...

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Old 08-29-2010, 03:08 AM   #5
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I found a some information, which opened my eyes to what is really necessary for protection.

19.Archival and Manuscript Collections and Rare Books -
at http://www.nps.gov/history/museum/pu.../cons_toc.html

and http://www.nps.gov/history/museum/pu...gram/19-02.pdf

plus How To Care For Bound Archival Materials

Good Luck.
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Thanks everyone for the links!
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