Books, especially old and antique books, can be finicky and temperamental. To keep your collection in pristine condition, be sure to avoid the following pitfalls of book ownership.
1. Do not expose to water or damp atmospheres
When wet or damp, pages quickly wrinkle and become brittle. In some cases, the ink can run and spill onto other pages.
2. Do not place pressure on the binding
Age, quality, and use can all result in weakened binding, and undue pressure can cause pages to fall out and the binding to split.
3. Do not subject to harsh or ultraviolet lights
Books with hand-drawn or fragile illustrations and platings can become dull when exposed too frequently to ultraviolet lights or camera flashes.