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[BKARTS] seeking opinions on rare book

Samuel Johnson?s A Dictionary of the English Language:
In Which the Words Are Deduced from Their Originals,
1755, first edition, in two volumes.
The importance of this book and value is understood.
The spine is gone.  The original leather boards are
attached, worn at the corners, exposing the boards.
As conservators, what would you do to this book?
Would you have it rebound?  Is it more valuable left
as original?  There are no definite rules, therefore I
ask your opinions.  How would you proceed?  Please
respond to the list.  No personal emails.  Thank you.
Nate Chrissy

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