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Old 26 January 2015, 01:21 PM
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Default What's the best way to store books that are more than a century old?

The local library has a small used bookstore where they get rid of some of their old books by selling them for anywhere between 25 cents to $2. I found one a couple days ago that was published in the 1800s, and another that was published in 1914.

I don't know what their value is, but I'd bet it's higher than $2.

I didn't buy them because I don't know what I'd do with them. Maybe I'd sell them, but I think it would be kind of cool just to have them. Yet I don't even know the best way to store them.

(If I wanted to actually read them, I'd get a digital copy since they're public domain).

So what do you do with extremely old books like that to keep them in good shape? Do they sell plastic casings and desiccants that are good for that purpose?
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Old 26 January 2015, 01:46 PM
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I found one a couple days ago that was published in the 1800s, and another that was published in 1914.

I don't know what their value is, but I'd bet it's higher than $2.
Well, maybe. I just checked eBay and there was a bunch of even older books that were going for less than $10. Old doesn't necessarily equal valuable.
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Old 26 January 2015, 02:06 PM
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Well, maybe. I just checked eBay and there was a bunch of even older books that were going for less than $10. Old doesn't necessarily equal valuable.
Yeah, I did the same thing. I could maybe sell them for $3.

I'm more interested in the cool factor of owning some really antique books.
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Old 26 January 2015, 02:11 PM
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Yeah you should definitely buy them. Their true value is your enjoyment in owning & reading them.
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Old 26 January 2015, 02:37 PM
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Regarding preservation, the Smithsonian Facebook page recommended this site for storage and preservation of books.
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Old 26 January 2015, 02:45 PM
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I'm glad to see this thread. I inherited the family Bible from my father's side of the family, which is very old, and I've been concerned about how to store and preserve it (for historical reasons more than family reasons).
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Old 26 January 2015, 11:47 PM
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Just be careful that you have no allergies that might be triggered by the books. Some of them can become pretty musty, which might make them unreadable if you are sensitive. There are ways to get rid of the mold and smell, but it is a long process.

ETA - What are the titles and authors?

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