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Asked by: halek-ga
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09 Jul 2006 23:43 PDT
Expires: 08 Aug 2006 23:43 PDT
Question ID: 744830
I just received a 1943 edition of the Webster's international unabridged dictionary which I would like to display on a stand. All of the dictionary stands I've found are flat, and I wonder if that is best for an old binder on a large old book. So, my question: What is the proper way to display and use a large old book.
Re: book display
Answered By: answerfinder-ga on 10 Jul 2006 01:17 PDT
Dear halek-ga, I am a regular user of archives and libraries and from my own personal knowledge I can confirm the below is common practice. You first need an acid-free, archive quality box to store the book when it is not being used. When handling, you should always wear light-weight, white cotton gloves. The book should be displayed on a cradle, support or cushion so it is not opened more than 120-135 degrees, and certainly no more than the binding allows. Some book supports come with a strap which will hold the pages in place. The Library Preservation web site at Harvard has some excellent information on all matters of conservation and preservation of archive material. Apart from the specific document referred to further below, you will find much more information on this link. http://preserve.harvard.edu/resources/preservation.html One fact sheet on their site deals with the ?Environmental Conditions for Exhibiting Library and Archival Materials? http://www.techstreet.com/cgi-bin/pdf/free/283108/Z39-79.pdf I recommend you read this in full, particularly page 12 which has specific guidance on displaying bound books. This is the first paragraph of that section. ?8.4.1 Angle of Opening Bound volumes should be opened only as far as the binding allows without force. The angle of opening should not cause strain to the binding, the paper, or the sewing. Common practice is to open bound volumes no greater than 135 degrees. The angle of opening should not cause paper to fold sharply.? I presume you are in the US, so these are some suppliers of these products. These companies are mentioned on the Harvard web site Various Book Support Systems http://www.archivalsuppliers.com/products.asp?dept=14 Book supports http://www.gaylordmart.com/adblock.asp?abid=252&sid=E21D8E410CD3453DB3CA8F4413E046&search_by=desc&search_for=cradle http://www.gaylordmart.com/adblock.asp?abid=8606&sid=E21D8E410CD3453DB3CA8F4413E046&search_by=desc&search_for=cradle Cushions http://www.conservationresources.com/Main/section_4/section4_7.htm This is from a UK company. Book Support System http://www.conservation-by-design.co.uk/sundries/sundries36.html Cushions http://www.conservation-by-design.co.uk/sundries/sundries35.html Bookmate http://www.conservation-by-design.co.uk/sundries/sundries37.html I hope this answers your question. If it does not, or the answer is unclear, then please ask for clarification of this research before rating the answer. I shall respond to the clarification request as soon as I receive it. Thank you answerfinder
Re: book display
From: myoarin-ga on 10 Jul 2006 02:21 PDT
That is certainly correct information. However, if the dictionary has been used, it probably will lie flat with no strain on the binding. If it is displayed open at 135°, the pages will tend to slide down to the middle. Also, if it is displayed on a slanted stand, unless the foot of the pages are supported, they will sag. It is a delightful and still useful dictionary, but not a museum piece. This seems to be a similar but 3 volume edition, found on abe books: "Webster's New International Dictionary of the English Language with Reference History(3 vol. set) Webster, Noah Anbieter: Princeton Antiques Bookshop (Atlantic City, NJ, U.S.A.) Preis: EUR 180.82 [ca. us$ 250] [Währung umrechnen] Versand nach USA: EUR 4.29 Buchbeschreibung: SPRINGFIELD G. & C. MERRIAM COMPANY 1943., 1943. GOOD. unabridged, fading gold letters and gilt on spine, gold letters and gilt on front cover, slight foxing on inpapers, illustrations DATE PUBLISHED: 1943 EDITION: SECOND. SECOND edition. Binding is HARD BACK RED. 3570 pp. 12X9. Buchnummer des Verkäufers 033803
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