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    I use a shoe polish brush for mine, never used on shoes ofcourse, works great and can be found easily.

    As to what dust is made of, that all depends on where you live. If you live in a very dry climate (like say Amarillo, TX where I grew up) the majority of the dust is made of sand and fine dirt particles, and if you want a dust free bookcase you are going to do it everyday. I remember having to dust as a kid and never liked it cause by the time you got finished dusting everything in the house the stuff you started with was dusty again.

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    Actually about 75% of the dust in your home is sloughed off dead skin cells. One person sloughs off roughly 30,000-40,000 cells per minute.

    Anyhow I prevent dust from falling on my books by staring at it sternly. It knows better.
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    I actually like the archival bags the best of the ideas. Dusting is going to be abrasive and only so effective in the long run. "Canned air" is typically ether-based, so I'm not sure if that is good for the books.

    The bags keeps all the dust off of the books, plus would likely help in a limited way to prevent UV sun damage. Short of expensive slip cases, the bags seem most effective and affordable.

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    The only drawback I see with bags is that displayed books wouldn't look very appealing.

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    I agree, sort of... although I've seen examples that looked very neat (see Barry's collection thread). Personally I'm happy with Brodart protectors on my hardcovers but I am contemplating putting my proofs in archival bags (I've completely lost faith in the paperback protective covers I used after I noticed that some of them stuck to the ink on the covers).

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    Not sure this goes here - but it is dust related.
    I'm looking at a book and the description includes "Rear board with very modest dust stain".
    SO, what exactly is a dust stain? I know what dust can do to the top paper but the rear board?

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    That's a question to be answered by the seller with high resolution images.
    The higher value (potential) of the item, the better the description and images you should expect.
    Of course everyone is trying to find a $2K book for $20, and don't wish to publish the info.

    To me, "Rear board with very modest dust stain", means the board is either so dusty that it can't be carefully "dusted", or it's moisture and dirt related.

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    Hi all,
    For most of my books, I've cut individually sized sheets of acid and lignin free paper that I then fold over the top of the text block and then close the cover to hold the paper on top. It prevents dust from settling on the books and I don't have to store them in plastic. Also for some of my more important books, to stop the top part of the text block separating from the spine due to the weight of the text block, I will build a platform for the text block to rest on. I also use the acid free paper to wrap that. You still have to dust the books and air them from time to time, but it's much easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randall Flagg View Post
    That's a question to be answered by the seller with high resolution images.
    The higher value (potential) of the item, the better the description and images you should expect.
    Of course everyone is trying to find a $2K book for $20, and don't wish to publish the info.

    To me, "Rear board with very modest dust stain", means the board is either so dusty that it can't be carefully "dusted", or it's moisture and dirt related.
    Sorry, four days w/o internet - now they fixed that no phone. But I guess that's a different thread. It's a 60$ book and here's what he wrote back: "The rear board on this title is predominately white and a close examination will reveal just a touch of discoloration that I believe resulted from reading the book without its dust jacket (a good idea normally). I don’t believe this modest discoloration would be viewable if I scanned the rear board. As I say, it’s pretty slight."

    since it is a very reliable dealer (Zeising)- and I have now ordered the book - we'll see when it gets here.

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    I can live with it. Altho it has a faint hint of smoke.

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