Sunday, January 25, 2009

Exploration for a Railroad Route from the Mississippi River to the Pacific volumes 2 and 5

From: "Bruce Montgomery"

I have the above two volumes [from the Pacific Railroad Surveys] and wanted to know more about them, so I was pleased to see the entire set on your web site. Both are in fairly good condition and I would like to keep them so. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, if you might know of a place which might estimate their worth. I'm not interested in selling but just knowing what I have.

—Bruce Montgomery


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

To keep such books in good condition it is best to store them upright on a bookshelf in a cool dry place not in direct sunlight. Avoid attic or basement storage with extremes of temperature or humidity, or in places that may be subject to flooding. You could cover them with a sheet of mylar the height of the books folded in the shape of a typical book cover. The binding may be delicate so the books should be handled very gently and it is best to open the book only partially, not completely flat. For example, avoid smashing the book to force open the binding flat in an attempt to make photocopies. Don't put them into an air tight container or a water laden fire safe, both of which will promote mildew.

The best way to judge value is to see what price other copies sell for.

1/25/2009 9:07 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

Important: Also avoid locations where rodents might get access to gnaw on the books to get material for nesting, such as the garage of a private home.

For further information, see the Library of Congress information about book preservation.

1/25/2009 9:33 PM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

From: "Bruce Montgomery"

Thank you very much for the information and the link to bookfinder. The two books are a wonderful step back into a momentus stage of our country's development and I was very happy to find your web site on the subject, which by the way is wonderful.

1/26/2009 1:35 PM  

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