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The manuscript references have all been entered into LibraryThing, resorted, reshelved, and purged.  That's a fairly major accomplishment, and one I'm very pleased with.  Now I need to pause, because I'm right on the cusp of where any room being reorganized temporarily looks like a bomb went off in it - and I don't have time to deal with losing the library right now.

I've got two questions though - one general, and one specifically for safiya_shirazi:

1)  For anyone with a clue - I have one book that is terribly musty.  It came from a used-book sale.  Holding it, it's fine.  Open it up and the smell damn near knocks you down.  It's a great book, but I can't work from it because it reeks.  Is there any solution for this, or should I buy a new copy and recycle the one I've got?

2)  Hey Safiya - I'm divesting myself of "Persian Miniature Painting" and "Mirror of the Invisible World: Tales from the Khamseh of Nizami."  Want them?  They're very pretty books, but I've never used them, and likely won't.

EDIT: I figured I deserve a new userpic for the occasion...



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Jun. 28th, 2012 04:39 pm (UTC)
the musty book could spend quality time with an ozone sterilizer, that would do it :)
Jun. 28th, 2012 09:39 pm (UTC)
What, pray tell, is an ozone sterilizer?
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)

sadly, probably more expensive that the book is worth.
Jun. 29th, 2012 05:42 pm (UTC)
I see.

I actually have one book that I would do that for. This, however, is not that book.
Jun. 28th, 2012 08:17 pm (UTC)
Uh... yes, please! I will cheerfully pay you for them :)
Jun. 28th, 2012 09:40 pm (UTC)
Take them out of my house and enjoy them - they've been languishing on my shelves for years.

I'm fairly certain that they came from library sales, so I don't have a lot of money sunk into them. I'm happy to see them get a good home - and to reclaim the shelf space!
Jun. 28th, 2012 11:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! When will we next encounter one another? I won't be at Hafla Beyond the Mountain but I know some folks who will, if you'll be there I can arrange a pickup. Otherwise, I will be at GNEW and Pennsic. (I can also come down to CT.)
Jun. 29th, 2012 12:38 am (UTC)
I'll be at the Hafla, if you want to point them in my direction. I haven't figured out arrival times yet, but I'll be there.

Jun. 29th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
Lady Erzulie has agreed to pick up the books for me - she's coming by my place the next week anyway. I think she's teaching, and even if she isn't I told her you should be pretty easy to find. (Rank hath its advantages :) )
Jun. 29th, 2012 05:43 pm (UTC)
There is that...
Jun. 29th, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
Sorry if this post repeats--my first one (with a link)has been marked as spam, whatever that entails...

What the link says to do is to set the book in the sun, opened-faced, with baking soda between the pages. Turn the pages to air them out every so often. Remove the baking soda after a few days, repeat as necessary. I have done this, and it does work. Talcum powder can also do the trick. Good luck!
Jun. 30th, 2012 12:07 am (UTC)
A big thanks from me, too -- ten years, three basements, four floods, oodles of noodles books. Add in a husband who doesn't want to throw things out and ...we has must too.

The one at my mom's house, I stole a trick from the big Florence floods decades ago -- I put the worst-soaked & most important ones in her freezer immediately, since her freezer was nearly empty at the time. I brought them out to solar-dry as other items completed.

For future reference (and may you never need it), this works better with older single-color books than it does with glossy modern paper. Especially the ones with color pictures, most of those stuck together badly. Thank goodness those are mostly replaceable.
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