The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New: A Simple Repair Manual for Book Lovers

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St. Martin's Press, Oct 9, 2002 - Antiques & Collectibles - 192 pages
When Margot Rosenberg and Bern Marcowitz opened Dog Lovers Bookshop, they expected to be asked mostly about dogs and canine literature. But soon they found themselves fielding questions about the care of books. Customers who bought books, especially older volumes, on providing good care for their dogs were often eager for guidance on how to care for their cherished books, too.

The book-care advice currently available is too often geared to book professionals, not amateur bibliophiles who just want to keep books safe and happy, remedy their simple ills, and perhaps enhance their value. The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New features easy-to-follow instructions that emphasize the use of common household products in simple repairs and in the cleaning of books and dust jackets.

Bern and Margot have written the book that they, and their customers, wanted: a concise and friendly volume comparable to the better commonsense guides to everyday dog care. Indeed, the authors think that their approach to book care is directly attributable to years of caring for all kinds of dogs, and the inspiration of dog books.

In short, this handy book-owner's manual is meant to help you become your books' best friend.

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User Review  - SigmundFraud - LibraryThing

If you own books, a few or many, old or new, and you care about your books I highly recommend you read this book. It will give you many simple, easy methods to keep your books clean and healthy. Read full review

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User Review  - kimgroome - LibraryThing

Great read for bibliophiles, and those who repair books. Good ideas, practical care for the professional book caretaker to the regular person wanting to take better care of their collections. Read full review

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About the author (2002)

Native New Yorkers Bern Marcowitz and Margot Rosenberg are the proprietors of Dog Lovers Bookshop, which they founded as a tribute to their German shorthaired pointer, Potemkin. The dachshunds, born in Birdsboro, Pennsylvania, were puppies when they moved to New York City, where they are active in the parks, canine events, and bookselling.

Margot and Bern, who came to bookselling from the publishing and travel industries, respectively, are rabid collectors of old books-their favorite subjects include the domestic dog, the wolf, Wagner, travel, and baseball-which they delight in rescuing from thrift shops, library sales, and sundry unexpected venues. They can be reached at

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