Will repairing a book destroy the value?
The simple answer is yes, repairing a book will destroy the value. The complicated answer is not necessarily. It depends on the definition of Repair and of Value. You could also ask: “What repairs can I do to preserve the value of my book?” I believe this is the goal after all. The reason that I say that repairing a book will destroy the value is that the term repair implies a quick fix. What you really want is preservation or restoration. In this lesson you will get to see photo examples of each of these.
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Included in This Lesson:
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PERPETUAL CAVEAT: Never repair rare and/or scarce books. When in doubt only do preservation treatments and consult an accredited professional.
We will explore the differences between repair vs. restoration vs. preservation. After that, we have to look at what defines value and how it can differ.
See Course 1-102 “What is the difference between Book Restoration and Conservation”for a lot more on that topic. Or read Book Restoration Unveiled for a long treatise on this subject.