Punc­tual Preser­va­tion

5 ELEMENTAL WAYS TO KEEP AND MAIN­TAIN YOUR VIN­TAGE, FIRST-EDI­TION AND SIGNED BOOKS

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1. Earth. Oil or box your first-edi­tion, leather­bound books. Polyester film jack­ets are also an ex­cel­lent way to pre­vent leather rot trans­fer from hands to book pages. Also, metal shelves are al­ways prefer­able over wood shelves be­cause of acid trans­fer.

2. Air. Keep it cold and dry. Rel­a­tive hu­mid­ity for books in a cool, li­brary en­vi­ron­ment should stay be­tween 35-55%.

3. Fire. Be sure not to store your books in direct sun­light. Sun­light will fade the spines and weaken leather-bound books.

4. Wa­ter. Be sure to store all your books in a dry space. If your books do get wet, set them out to air dry.

5. Spirit. Trust your­self. Al­ways clean your hands be­fore han­dling books. If need be, find a pro­fes­sional con­ser­va­tor who can as­sist you with pre­serv­ing your li­brary. Con­sider mak­ing your book­case the fo­cal point of the room by paint­ing it in a bold color.

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