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Tykeanaut
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posted 01-22-2013 03:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Tykeanaut   Click Here to Email Tykeanaut     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I currently have all my autographed books in a bookcase in a fairly dark room. Do you think they should be stored in a box though to protect them from any UV light damage? It just seems a shame not to have them on show though.

gliderpilotuk
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posted 01-22-2013 05:17 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for gliderpilotuk   Click Here to Email gliderpilotuk     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Display!

I have 200 (estimated!) signed books currently in a glass fronted cabinet. I have coated the glass with anti-UV window film that reduces UV by ~98%. It's £20 well spent as I'd hate to have the books hidden away.

Dave Clow
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posted 01-22-2013 11:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Clow   Click Here to Email Dave Clow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Three suggestions, at the risk of saying the obvious:
  1. Mylar covers over the dust jackets

  2. No direct sunlight

  3. Shelve the books stacked flat, not standing up. Prolonged upright shelving can be damaging, especially for heavy books.

jvertrees
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posted 01-22-2013 01:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jvertrees   Click Here to Email jvertrees     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I totally agree with Dave above. I stress the stack flat, the heavy books will damage the spine simply by their own weight in a fairly short period of time. That is how I store my books. Most are also in a case with glass doors, some are not as over the years the collection has spilled over.

I like the suggestion of the UV protection as well, I'm going to look into that.

I do also have a fair about of art in the house so when I bought windows I did get UV protection on the house windows.

I find the Mylar covers and the no direct sun light works very well. Some books are decades old and the spine color is just as bright as the covers when I pull one to look something up or read.

fredtrav
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posted 01-22-2013 02:51 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for fredtrav   Click Here to Email fredtrav     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Display them. What good are they sitting in boxes. I agree with the mylar covers(even though many of mine are not in covers). I do not lay mine flat, but will investigate that. Mine are turned away from sunlight. I do handle mine as I do read them, but I handle them gently.

dogcrew5369
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posted 01-22-2013 05:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for dogcrew5369   Click Here to Email dogcrew5369     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by fredtrav:
Display them.
I concur. I rarely handle my collection and I do display them in the stacked position on a bookshelf in a corner away from light. Also if I happen to be reading one I never take it out of the house just for further protection.

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