How do I decide if my book should be restored?
As with the restoration of any antique,
collectible, or work of art, decisions about book restoration
must often take into account the value of the book in the
marketplace (in addition to its personal value to the owner).
Certain books are worth more in restored condition, while
others may drop drastically in value if they are modified
in any way.
"Surprisingly, some vintage books decline
in value if restored. Ragged first edition Faulkners or Willa
Cathers, perhaps, would be better left in original bindings
and covers. 'For any 20th century or modern first editions,
I'll make a box,' says Currier."
Life Magazine, "Books of Art", Betty Cares
When deciding how best to restore and protect
your book, the following should be taken into account:
- Market value of the book,
before and after restoration
- Sentimental value
- Intended use (display only, daily use, etc.)
- Budget constraints
After discussing such issues with a bookbinder,
dealer, or conservation expert, decisions can be made regarding
the extent of restoration that is appropriate and within budget.