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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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.
Problem Seeing the Pictures and Links on this lesson pageI'd share my snapshots, but no way to do that right now. I was unable to view the pictures and link to photos on this lesson, viewing on my Mac. There were security warning pop-ups when I clicked on them.
1-104: Will Repairing a Book Destroy the Value?Obviously, value does play a role in the decision to repair, restore, or simply discard the book. I suspect that this is a skill that can only be acquired over time, but this does provide a place to start.