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Craig
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Posted: 16 October 2006 at 9:51pm | IP Logged Quote Craig

I have recently aquired a 1st/1st. 'Death In The Afternoon', and am considering having its dust jacket prof. restored. I am unsure as to if this is a wise choice from a collectors standpoint. It is in two pieces currently (seperated at spine) but , aside from this, it is still in quite good condition. Would it be less desirable as a restored jacket, and would the restoration costs outweigh its value? I am unsure of what the restoration would cost, or how far I should go with the restoration.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!
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Posted: 17 October 2006 at 5:44pm | IP Logged Quote Paul Hammersten

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I would not restore the jacket. But...you could make a laser color copy of it to put on the book if you or anyone else wants to read the edition. Then keep the original jacket in a safe place until you sell your book.

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Posted: 17 October 2006 at 7:16pm | IP Logged Quote bookman

I agree about not restoring the dust jacket. With some rare books, that can go either way in terms of value.
If it were me, I'd place the jacket in an archival quality dust jacket cover(Brodart Just-A-Fold III is good), fitting the pieces together carefully and leave it on the book. It will hold the jacket together and look like an intact jacket, as well as preserve and protect it. Most collectors like to display the book with jacket on, and this allows them to do so without diminishing its value (as long as it's not overhandled).

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