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Golden Fleece: Is the film book worth restoring?

#1 · Posted: 4 Aug 2004 22:08
[Thread moved from 'Tintin Books' forum]

Just bought some second-hand Tintin books including Golden Fleece (Woo-hoo! Been after it for years!). The condition of some of them aren't the best (they're all sixties editions), and I was wondering if anyone here has explored the avenue of "restoring" their books. Is it worth doing? Will it devalue them?
#2 · Posted: 6 Aug 2004 03:40 · Edited by: Tintinrulz

That's great that you have Golden Fleece - I've been after that for years too. Are the other Tintin books rare?

I don't know anything about the subject but I suggest you don't restore them as it would devalue them, because they wouldn't be in their original state any longer.

If you are eager enough, why don't you scan in all the pages, fix them up in a paint program (restore image quality etc) and print it off and get it bound?

It may cost a fair bit but at least you won't have to worry about the original crumbling to dust every time you read it.

Just a thought.
#3 · Posted: 6 Aug 2004 03:48
The English edition of the film books are rare, but not the French.
#4 · Posted: 9 Aug 2004 00:50
hey, thanks for that Tintinrulz, def. something to think about (the scanning idea). I think golden fleece is the only "rarity", the others just old.

Update posted: 10 Aug 2004 00:28:02
just received the books and golden fleece is actually in the best condition of the lot! a few scuffs, but holding together beautifully, and none of the "flakey cover syndrome" i read about elsewhere.
so how about the other normal volumes? has anyone taped up spines or reinforced them? i'm looking for pointers on whats the best material to use, and technique i guess (or even if i should do it!)
#5 · Posted: 10 Aug 2004 06:34
nestor wrote: so how about the other normal volumes? has anyone taped up spines or reinforced them? i'm looking for pointers on whats the best material to use, and technique i guess (or even if i should do it!)

Is saving up for a new set of regular Tintin books an option? :) If not, take a look at this guide to repairing books the proper way, by Dartmouth University's Preservation Services: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~preserve/repair/html/introduction.htm
- marsbar
#6 · Posted: 10 Aug 2004 11:01
I suppose you could always back the books with that sticky backed plastic stuff you used to protect school books with, would protect them a bit.

I really don't think the books are worth restoring, it'll take off any value that they had, and to be honest unless it's a super rare edition it'll hardly be worth doing as a regular secondhand Tintin book is probably worth about a £1.

I'd just keep the books from getting any more damage by taking good care of them

#7 · Posted: 10 Aug 2004 21:51
thanks for the link marsbar. i'm actually replacing my soft cover editions with hard covers. five of the eight i bought turned out to be english first editions (not that that really matters to me)
good point too rik, thanks for that.
#8 · Posted: 19 Aug 2004 20:53
I got them in Dutch, English and French all in a new like condition, and i dont think its wotrh repairing, look on ebay, there are so many left in a great condition, and they go for much cheaper as restoring



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