This is STAGE 1: Prioritizing stability and value
Cleaning the book, stabilizing it’s materials and structure, and providing the means for best handling and storage, to slow further decay. This is often part of an overall plan for a collection, and also looks at the books’ storage environment. It essentially archives a book for safe keeping, without attempting to add or remove anything from the structure.
My policy is to complete this stage before making further choices, so that the current aging, damage and environment of the book can be stabilized. This is also the least expensive option, will slow the rate of decay, and buy you time to consider how much further you wish to go. It is a great option for a collection of books which may be kept to pass on to someone, a necessary triage for a large collection, and the only choice for a book of significant value (especially first editions).
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