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    I received a few 'new' books from a specialty publisher in
    the old country yesterday.

    I am disappointed to discover that there is a problem with
    the binding staples for one of the titles. The other staple
    has suffered a similar fate.

    In the first place, who in their right mind would represent
    something in this state as being new ! Take a guess as
    to how many times that book can be handled before those
    staples fail and the pages come apart in my hands.

    In the second place, who decided it would be acceptable to
    use bare steel staples for binding a book in a damp climate.

    Sheesh ...

    UK members, is this a commonplace problem there ?


  • #2
    It was common on a lot of older magazines, especially after WWII when paper was still rationed and we had poor paper with high acid contents.
    Doesn't / shouldn't happen today.

    Who was the publisher TEE or Camden ?

    Sir John , Earl of Bligeport & Sudspumpwater. MBE [ Motor Bike Engineer ] Nottingham England.


    • #3
      You will find it is a common problem with limited interest publications. Could have started when they were manufactured as it might have been moisture on the staple wire, or even real high humidity then a sudden change of temperature after they were put in to storage till sold which could be years high heat humid press room then out to an unheated storage building on a cold day. Unless it is a high end collectors piece clean it off, if you think it will rust again hit it with some clear nail polish.

      Just because they are new (which means never have been sold) It doesn't mean that they have been printed this year or even this decade! Some are printed to take maximum advantage of the numbers discount, and then they are sold for 20 or more years. In the old car trade NOS
      Been there, probably broke it, doing that!
      I am not a lawyer, and never played one on TV!
      All the usual and standard disclaimers apply. Do not try this at home, use only as directed, No warranties express or implied, for the intended use or the suggested uses, Wear safety glasses, closed course, professionals only


      • #4
        Prior to binding them I spent many a happy hour removing rusted staples from old Model Engineer & English Mechanics magazines and pasting in Jap. tissue guard strips before sewing the sections.
        The worst volumes were either just post war (either WW1 or WW2) as mentioned or more recent magazines that had been stored in an unheated shed / workshop.
        Ideally I should have de-acidified the pages but life is just too short, they will be fine as long as they don't get damp.

        What you say & what people hear is not always the same thing.


        • #5
          Depending on where you live, one of the following might be possible: take books to a Vo-tech school, most have a print shop, get them re-stapled or stitched together, minimal cost; take to local print shop/bindery and do likewise.


          • #6
            I disagree with the notion that it is acceptable practice for a
            publisher to represent a book from their own catalog as 'new'
            when in an unsatisfactory condition as pictured above. However,
            at least I now possess the information that is in the book and
            I can repair the binding here.

            Before posting, I wrote a civil note to the publisher to draw
            the problem to their attention, express my displeasure and ask
            for an explanation. No expletives, no ultimatums. No reply.

            For me. the dilemma that arises from further discussion about
            the condition of the book is the prospect that this leads the
            publisher to consider other copies unsaleable, destroy them and
            declare the title out of print. That would be a disservice by
            me against my fellow enthusiasts.

            Thank you for the replies to comment and offer tips for repair,
            particularly about sewing/stitching the binding.