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Apr 10
2021/4/10 19:28:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I think you are right and they will not going to fare well over time. I’m using my trade hardbacks as reading copies and not worrying too much. After all there is something attractive about a well read, well thumbed book. But my de luxe editions are collectibles which I probably won’t read. I think these will hold up reasonably well.
Apr 10
2021/4/10 21:02:02 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Khamûl wrote:

SpeedyHen standard S, which was ordered on Thursday night, was delivered this morning (SAT). Speedy. Despite zero protective packaging, book was in far better condition; square & the jacket about as umarked as one could hope for.

It's a real pity these jackets are so (relatively) fragile in terms of cosmetic appearance. It's the HC golden runes all over again. In 20-30 years time these aren't going to fair well.

Could be a first edition Inklings jacket!
Apr 10
2021/4/10 21:02:51 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Quicksilver wrote:

I think you are right and they will not going to fare well over time. I’m using my trade hardbacks as reading copies and not worrying too much. After all there is something attractive about a well read, well thumbed book. But my de luxe editions are collectibles which I probably won’t read. I think these will hold up reasonably well.


Just stick a mylar protector on each book (probably a dollar ot two a book), and they will be fine.
Apr 10
2021/4/10 21:47:26 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Absolutely - yes, I use those. Guaranteed to extend the life of any dust jacket ?
Apr 10
2021/4/10 21:58:41 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Quicksilver wrote:

Absolutely - yes, I use those. Guaranteed to extend the life of any dust jacket ?

I've never had a jacket sustain any damage once one was put on. I tend to just slip the jacket off the book and set it aside when reading, anyway.

You still need to keep the books out of the light, etc., of course, especially if they are fadey ones (e.g. 1st Unwin UTs and Sils, etc), but those are the minority.
Apr 13
2021/4/13 20:27:18 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I ordered it on Book Despository and it arrived damaged. I called them to return the title but they gave me a refund and told me to keep the title. I then took a 2 hours drive to Montréal (Canada) in an Indigo bookshop and went physically to check the condition of the books. They received five and only one of them was in perfect shape. Nonetheless, I think every book is somehow damaged or have a bit of scuffle...
Apr 13
2021/4/13 21:26:35 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Eonwë wrote:

I ordered it on Book Despository and it arrived damaged. I called them to return the title but they gave me a refund and told me to keep the title. I then took a 2 hours drive to Montréal (Canada) in an Indigo bookshop and went physically to check the condition of the books. They received five and only one of them was in perfect shape. Nonetheless, I think every book is somehow damaged or have a bit of scuffle...

I wouldn't put that much effort in to get a copy of this! I think it is just in the nature of the matte jackets. Cheaper to produce, attractive to look at when perfect, but much less durable.

Of course it is frustrating when you end up with 60 year old books in better condition than new ones.
Apr 16
2021/4/16 15:48:57 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I finally just got my standard edition, 5 weeks after ordering it from Blackwell's (the previous 9 books I order have still not arrived, though.

It arrived with a bit of damage in the edges of the dust jacket. I'm a bit disappointed, since just months ago Blackwell's wrapped the books nicely, but now they're simply inside a box.

Happy to have received it, though. It's beautiful.
Apr 16
2021/4/16 16:26:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Read through this thread - it's not 'shipping damage' it's 'production fault'
Apr 16
2021/4/16 16:34:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

insurrbution wrote:

Read through this thread - it's not 'shipping damage' it's 'production fault'

How can you tell with any certainty, from just the sentence saying it "arrived with a bit of damage in the edges of the dust jacket"?
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