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Since 1981, he has been writing about rare Mormon documents.
Since 1991, half of all new discoveries in Mormon history have been by him.
Specializing in the (Palmyra, 1830) first edition Book of Mormon.
Conservation and Restoration
My books receive museum-quality conservation and restoration
I am uniquely qualified to care for your books and artifacts if you sell them to me, being a skilled curator of museum and archive-quality Americana. For over 90 years my family has owned factories manufacturing supplies for the professional artifact restoration business, so I am skilled with the care of rare objects. I have a system of preservation for important historical items that includes paying top prices to attract them from places like barns and attics, and a placement philosophy that ensures your treasures will be enjoyed by thousands of people for many years.
After all, a book is merely paper, ink, and leather. Most people see a more efficient use of capital than keeping deteriorating books in attics, basements, and barns where moth and rust doth corrupt (Matthew 6:19). Conscientious inheritors of rare books will desire to see them sold to a person who will expertly preserve them. I treat books with state-of-the-art methods to scientifically remove damaging tape or other unbefitting repairs, and properly restore leather bindings using the same materials and techniques as the original bookbinder; and also deacidify and use modern archival techniques for mending paper. (To otherwise cheaply rebind books in acidic materials with intrusive methods is destructive and will lessen the value.) Then I store the books at the correct temperature and humidity, in a fire-safe environment, with controls against insects, rodents, and floods. Finally, I make the books available so that many people can see them.
My books receive the care of several expert conservators, restorers, and bookbinders, who use the same materials and techniques as those used in the 1830s and 1840s. No treatment is used that is not reversible. Methods may include:
I encourage book owners to sell me their books in any condition, rather than try to find a qualified conservator themselves. Books can cost me anywhere from $400 to $4,000 for proper restoration after I buy them from you.
I have just a few examples of my binders hard work on this page. If you want to see more books that have had preservation treatments, click on the links to various books and sets listed in My Collection.
Please do not try to arrange for book restoration yourself, and do not sell your books to someone without this level of care. I will pay for the costs of restoration myself after I purchase your books.
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