Why not cut pages?


I watched the video on cutting pages and saw the WARNING!! about reducing the value if pages are cut. I’m wondering why.

I have a curious book, Magyar Történelmi Emelékek (Hungarian Historical Memories) published in Pest in 1857. It is (checks notes) bound in boards. Actually, it’s a paperback. Written in Hungarian and Latin. Looks like two pages of quartos (?)– every cut would be two cuts. (I have cut a few pages so that I could read it.)

Does cutting reduce the value just because it’s no longer in its original state? 


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    Asked on January 5, 2021 2:23 pm
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    As with all value, it depends on the market and what people want. In this case, the book is more pristine with uncut pages. At the very least, the buyer may want to cut the pages themselves. In the end, it is your book and you can certainly open the pages so you can read it if you want to.

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    Answered on January 5, 2021 4:43 pm