Defective Books

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abcarr
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Defective Books

Post by abcarr » Sat Jan 27, 2018 3:08 pm

I just found something at the local Goodwill that can only be described as "Defective". Or maybe more accurately, a misprint. It is a 1st/1st of Dolores Claiborne which I almost didn't buy because I already have one. But upon further "inspection" I noticed something odd. At first I thought that the dj had been put on wrong, meaning the front of the dj was on the back of the book. So I go to put it on the right way when I noticed that the book was bound wrong. Meaning the front board with the SK initials is actually the back of the book but the pages were also bound upside down. So if you were to take the dj off and lay the book in front of you with the SK initials rightside up and the spine of the book to your left (like it normally would be) but then open the book, you start with the last page of the book and the pages are upside down.

Has anyone ever seen this? And does this kind of a "misprint" make a book any less or more valuable? Just wondering...

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Re: Defective Books

Post by Mr. Rabbit Trick » Sun Jan 28, 2018 2:06 am

abcarr wrote:I just found something at the local Goodwill that can only be described as "Defective". Or maybe more accurately, a misprint. It is a 1st/1st of Dolores Claiborne which I almost didn't buy because I already have one. But upon further "inspection" I noticed something odd. At first I thought that the dj had been put on wrong, meaning the front of the dj was on the back of the book. So I go to put it on the right way when I noticed that the book was bound wrong. Meaning the front board with the SK initials is actually the back of the book but the pages were also bound upside down. So if you were to take the dj off and lay the book in front of you with the SK initials rightside up and the spine of the book to your left (like it normally would be) but then open the book, you start with the last page of the book and the pages are upside down.

Has anyone ever seen this? And does this kind of a "misprint" make a book any less or more valuable? Just wondering...

Thanks!
Missprinting and bad binding are part of the printing process. I don't think there has ever been a book printed without some rejects. Normally these are pulped, but sometimes they get missed.

Nobody collects these misbound books that I know of, so the value is less than a normal one. Donate it to a charity shop.

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