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My new LEC just fell apart...

Fine Press Forum

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Jun 9, 7:48pm Top

Win some, lose some...
Well, the bookseller was very kind. Right away refunded my money. Rather disappointing nonetheless. So now what? I could get the book rebound, but that would likely be more expensive than it's worth, and besides, I really love the cover. It's funny, many people complain that Easton Press doesn't use the best leather, which is certainly true. However, their books tend to stay fine many decades later and I believe the leather used here which is very high quality, is known to degenerate over time (someone correct me if I'm mistaken). Anyway, what to do now... suggestions?

Jun 9, 7:56pm Top

Archival library tape could be used to reattach the cover.
Or buy another copy.

Jun 9, 8:00pm Top

Don't try to repair it, but keep it in a solander box?

Jun 9, 8:07pm Top

Don't know...
I suppose I could donate it to a library or collector. Not sure any library nor person would necessarily want it. Although the book itself is in near fine/fine condition. Cover, not so much :)

Edited: Jun 9, 9:03pm Top

>1 astropi: Any good hand binder should be able to re-back that without any problem. That will save the cover and it will cost less than a re-bind. And NEVER EVER USE LIBRARY TAPE--ARCHIVAL OR OTHERWISE--ON ANY GOOD BOOK!!!!!! Save that for the crap books you don't care about. And yes! I was shouting. And anybody here, if you use that stuff on any of your books, I WILL BOX YOUR EARS GOOD!!! /end rant

When done right, re-backing will leave the book looking almost new. From what I see above, the repair should be barely noticeable.

Jun 9, 9:23pm Top

>5 Glacierman:
Re-backing could cost as much as buying another copy of the book, that is why library tape can be a good solution. Box my ears if you wish, but when it comes to being pragmatic about a book such as this one which you can buy for less than US$100, library tape can be a practical solution. I have bought good books VERY cheaply because the cover was detached, and used such tape with good results, giving me a book that is almost as good as a fine condition one, but at a fraction of the cost. The tape seems to stay its original off-white colour, and not affect the book in any other way. Just appears as a white band along the inside edge of the cover, and provided there is no colouring, illustration or marbling on the endpapers, is effectively invisible.

Jun 9, 10:41pm Top

Binding is a fun hobby. Join a club and make it your first project. If that's a total disaster, it's OK but it's unlikely unless you're trying to make a gold-embossed title ( THAT requires a lot of practice). A library-style Bradel binding is not difficult and you can keep fragments of the old cover and the spine inside the newly rebind book.

Jun 9, 11:45pm Top

>1 astropi: Did your copy have a slipcase? I think there is less chance of this type of damage if you get a copy with the slipcase. I'd give that copy away and buy a copy in better shape.

Jun 10, 11:12am Top

>1 astropi:

Ouch :(. Yeah, it happens sometimes. Really there are no new LEC's, however fine a condition they appear, so there's always a risk that age suddenly catches up.

And I agree that a good repair would cost you more than the book is worth. My understanding is that you'd want a full spine rebind here. I don't think something like Japanese repair tissue is possible here. But then I know nothing despite not being Jon Snow :)

Jun 11, 12:15am Top

>1 astropi: As you have gotten a refund, I'd go with what >8 kdweber: said - give it away and get a new one.

Jun 11, 3:58pm Top

Yeah, I think that's the right idea. Give it to someone that hopefully can fix it or at least enjoy it. It did come with a (poor) but mostly intact slipcase for the record.

Edited: Jun 13, 10:23pm Top

I’d really love the chance to try to rebind it if you don’t have someone else who wants it (or don’t want to do it yourself). I have zero experience but it sounds like a really fun project!

Jun 30, 3:32pm Top

>2 wcarter: wcarter Do you have any brand names, widths or sources to suggest?

My LEC Physiology of Taste had the spine detached (this is apparently one of those books which was notorious for the leather). I've wrapped it in duralar-there was no slipcase on copy I bought. The spine is held in place and the book looks decent on the shelf.

Jun 30, 4:47pm Top

>13 laotzu225:
I have a roll that I bought years ago for just this purpose and have used twice. It is 3cm. Wide but has no brand name on it - sorry.

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