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Re: out of square

At 10:33 AM 9/11/97 -0800, you wrote:
>Does anyone have any brilliant ideas for books that are out of
>square--the kind that if you lay them on the table and look at the bottom
>of the textblock you see a dramatic parallelogram instead of a
>rectangle.  I'm working with ordinary public library books here, not
>treasures from another century.  I've tried suggesting to every other
>patron that they read the book back to front, but I haven't gotten any
>takers...   Leaving them in a press with the distortion going the
>opposite way doesn't seem to fix it.
>Petersburg Public Library

If they're not badly out of square, and since we're not talking about
highly valuable books, start at the back of the volume and turn in by about
20-30 pages.  Rub along the gutter, as though breaking in a new stiff
binding (again, only of innexpensive, not-to-be-saved-for-centuries books).
 Work back through, every 20-30 pages.  This often works by relaxing the
spine, unless the block is seriously warped.

Susan Ravdin
Special Collections
Bowdoin College Library
Brunswick, Maine

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