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Re: Help Preserving Book Collection
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Morinehtar wrote:
How important is that older books with brown pages and spots (can't tell if due to mold or something else) are in a different bookcase than newer collectibles in Fine condition?

I guess I should buy something to measure the RH in the room. No other way to know, really.

Why are you more concerned about UV than mold?


Not important at all, IMHO (although I don't have many books with foxing, as I prefer to avoid them where possible).

Mold will not grow in low RH environments. No excess humidity = no mold, and is the biggest reason for not allowing high levels of moisture in the atmosphere around your books.

Posted on: 9/21 17:15:26


Re: Help Preserving Book Collection
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Sure, I'll take a picture later on. I don't think air circulation is terribly important so long as the RH is well controlled (i.e. the room they are in is nice and dry). If you regularly end up with high humidity or big swings in humidity, it is probably more relevant. The protection that the glass provides from dust and UV exceeds any downsides (in my case). I've had a decade so far with these book cases (or a little longer) and have never had any issues.

That said, you should not push the books all the way to the back of the shelves, so there is an air gap behind.

I couldn't tell you what the RH is on the shelf, but I would be surprised if there is any difference to the overall RH of the room, which is usually 35 - 45, and fairly stable.

Posted on: 9/21 13:46:45


Re: Help Preserving Book Collection
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I don't think you need to rule out wooden bookcases. My bookcases are all solid wood, and I have a sheet of folded acid free paper thar runs across each shelf under the books. Never had a problem. The cases have glass fronts with UV film.

In terms of humidity; I use a de-humidifier, but for the most part humidity isn't an issue where I live (except middle of winter when the outside temperature can get quite low)

I also place silica gel bags in the cases, not touching the books. My lighting is LED. I've never had a problem with insects, but I think that is due to keeping the humidity well controlled and being careful with what I bring into the house.

Posted on: 9/20 19:33:13


Re: Saga of King Heidrek the Wise
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POD edition was released in 2010. It is very nice, actually.

Posted on: 9/13 13:04:57


Re: Oxonmoot
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Have fun all; Wish I lived a bit closer....(although I get to go skiing in the morning, so some advantages of being further away)!

Posted on: 9/10 2:09:15



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