These clues help check, assess and access past publications issued in series or special editions and are reasons that argue for the retention of the dust-jacket as an original and integral part of the published work, through the stages of bibliographic description, and beyond. Thirty years later, with increased electronic access to library holdings and offerings by on-line book dealers, this call for added attention has increased in importance, and bibliographic records, especially those for special and rare collections worldwide, benefit by inclusion of as many distinguishing details as possible.
Differences in dust-jackets of various printings and editions have proven enormously helpful to the collector and bibliophile, and a precise, inclusive bibliographic description contributes to locating rare and special items successfully - now made even more convenient through numerous online finding tools such as WorldCat, Google, etc. Unlike the representations in standard access systems, the book jacket is a multi-faceted and partly evaluative representation of the book.
As such, it can provide a significant means for the scholarly searcher to reduce search time and make informed selections, providing topical information and significant clues as to linguistic, conceptual, and critical suitability. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida - others keep them in a separate file, indexed or cataloged, and accessible to the researcher. Unwin and numerous other illustrators, as well as examples of the intermediate design steps, such as color separations, paste-ups, and dummies.
Since the collection is openly available for research it is especially valuable for, and used by students in the fields of graphic design, book and publishing history, providing insight into the complex process from concept to design to the production of the dust-jacket.
The fourth exhibition by this organization was held in , but none is mentioned later as the Guild was discontinued in the mid s. Antiquarian and out-of-print dealers routinely note the presence and condition of dust-jackets which usually increases the value of a publication. They can enrich and facilitate - or complicate - the search for provenance.
If the dust-jacket looks too new, if a forty year old dust-jacket shows no wear, or the edges are fresh and new and uniform in color, if the creases of the flaps show no wear although the book does, the dust-jacket may be a facsimile or fake. They can also be reproduced upon demand by firms, many of which clearly advertise that their product is a copy. Although expense and handling are added to the cost and maintenance of books, they serve an important preservation purpose. The sleeves which come in various configurations, with or without paper backing, provide additional protection against wear, abrasion, and light damage.
Using mylar sleeves keeps the collection neat, but more importantly, the need for some repairs is reduced - repairs which are time-consuming and expensive when performed in-house, and more so when the book has to be rebound. Unfortunately, once the dust-jacket itself is severely damaged, it may have to be discarded, as only in rare cases would the time and money needed to obtain another copy make that a viable option.
Some repairs can be affected for instance at the in-house repair station of the library by a person trained in repairing library materials. Much damage to dust-jackets will be avoided if processing units are instructed never to attach the dust-jacket to the book by taping it to the inside of covering boards. Tape is undoubtedly one of the most difficult adherants to remove and usually causes damage to both the dust-jacket and the book cover — if not the outside, then the inside — where they are often attached to illustrated endsheets.
Price labels should not be obliterated or removed even if the book was acquired as a gift, as they are a clear indication of the economic conditions at the time.
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But they should be interleafed with buffered, acid-free paper and stored in a drawer, preferably in a metal cabinet. For those cases where covering with a sleeve is preferred, Archival Products has introduced the non-glare polypropylene book cover which simply wraps around the book without he need for creasing, and cuts down the time it takes to apply a complete sleeve. Visual inspection and examination of the dust jacket storage area at regular intervals are essential to detect any incipient silverfish or mold infestation. Cleanliness of the storage area and the use of silverfish repellent packets will prevent most silverfish damage.
As provided for all library materials, relative humidity and temperature should be kept at proper levels and as evenly as possible in dust-jacket storage areas. To maintain the dust-jackets on a circulating collection, the same materials and procedures used for book repairs are indicated. Dust-jacket repair gets relatively short shrift in the preservation literature, with some exceptions.
The first step in the repair process is to remove the dust-jackets and and turn them inside-out to clear any accumulated dirt and dust with a soft natural bristle brush. Frayed edges can be reinforced with invisible archival mending tape, or preferably with a strip of stronger acid-free Japanese tissue paper complementary to the weight of the jacket. This is to be adhered with methyl cellulose, not PVA. Tears can be repaired with small pieces of archival tape, or if the edges have enough shear overlap , with a small amount of PVA.
Staff who are properly instructed with the procedures and work under supervision can clean dust-jackets produced on shiny paper, as well as the sleeves. A mixture of rubbing alcohol and water is carefully dabbed or wiped on with a soft cloth, rinsed with a cloth dipped in clear water and wrung out till barely moist, then carefullly dried with a soft cloth. Smoke sponges made of vulcanized natural rubber can also be used for cleaning and are effective in many instances. It is not recommended to in-fill with colored pencils or watercolor paints as those newly colored areas will stand out, age differently, and may be construed as an attempt to disguise a repair or restoration which is ethically and esthetically inexcusable.
As with the repair and restoration of books, it is better to err on the side of less intervention rather than more. Library supply vendors publish instructions for chosing the right dust-jacket protectors which are manufactured in a wide variety of formats, thicknesses and sizes.
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Northeast Document Conservation Center has a short leaflet online with instructions to make a polyester film book jacket for books with or without dust-jackets. Finally, if the collection warrants it, the process of de-acidification should be considered to prevent further deterioration of the paper jacket. Decisions are made carefully about the materials to collect, maintain and retain. Into this decision-making process falls the fate of the humble object, the dust-jacket.
Cost, handling, space needs, and their repair argue against keeping them - additional access points, biographical information, publication information, and graphic design elements used in different areas of study, argue for their retention. Some unscrupulous forgers capitalize on this by producing fakes and forgeries. A new, albeit small, industry has sprung up producing facsimiles on demand which serve a variety of legitimate purposes. This integral part of the published book is being preserved mainly in our school and public libraries and by interested book collectors.
As the study of the book as a physical object continues to gain recognition as an academic discipline, knowledge about the history and development of the dust-jacket as an integral part of the book will become more complete. It is encouraging and to the credit of the bookbinding community as well as to university and college programs, that dust-jackets and their relatives, are becoming components of the relatively new, but steadily expanding scholarly discipline of book studies.
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Boeff cites the following about the earliest dust jackets: Die Schwenke-Sammlung gotischer Stempel- und Einbanddurchreibungen. Die Geschichte des Bucheinbands , Wiesbaden, Elemente des Buch- und Bibliothekswesens , Bd. XXVI, No. Viewed January 4, Viewed March 29, Knopf, Distributed by Random House, London, , p.
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Heft 22, April , p. Broward County, FL. The lively discussion mainly between Julian Rota, and Lawrence Worms was accessible online, but has unfortunately been removed in the intervening years. XVII, No. Buch und Umschlag im Test. Dortmund, Harenberg, , p. Three years ago Prof. In addition to being a librarian, she is a hand bookbinder and has over the past several years begun to research and write about early and medieval book structures. She lives and works in San Diego, and maintains a bookbinding studio at her home.
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Knopf, Distributed by Random House, Also Nicola See also note 1. Top of page. List of illustrations Title Fig. One morning, in a spirit of mischievousness, they burnt the shoes of a school-fellow, a lank lad called Mimi-la-Mort, alias the Skeleton Day Boarder, who smuggled snuff into the school. Then one winter evening they purloined some matches in the chapel and smoked dry chestnut leaves in reed pipes there. Zola, who was the ringleader on that [Pg 39] occasion, afterwards frankly confessed his terror; owning that a cold perspiration had come upon him as he scrambled out of the dark choir.
So terrible became the stench, so dense the smoke, that the usher rushed for some water, under the impression that the place was on fire.