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Cliffg37
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Hi Everybody,

I am looking for some advice here.

A fellow I have known most of my life passed away recently, and his widow, who was very close to my mother gave me two books that he had owned.

The first is "Miricle Mongers and their Methods - a complete expose" by Houdini. The book is dated 1920

The second is "Houdini" by Kellock dated 1928.

I don't know that I want to sell them, but I would be curious as to the value of the books.

More importantly, they are old and the pages are showing thier age, can anyone tell me the best way to store these books to preserve them. If it is possible at all?

Thanks,

Cliff
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aggieman
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I don't know about pricing.

But to help slow down their deteriation (aging)

go to your local hobby shop and there should be some items to buy;
1. a spray, I forget the name, that will keep the pages.
2. get some bags or boxs, that are acid free.

see if you can find an antique dealer near, that can help with that.

-i will see if I can look up anything on the books them selves.
aggieman
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http://www.amazon.com/Miracle-Mongers-Th......79758171


http://www.magictricks.com/houdini/links.htm

http://www.amigos.org/preservation/faq/preserve.html

here are a few, I don't know if they will help. never know. I will see if I can find any really good stuff, no promises though.
Cliffg37
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Thanks Aggie
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aggieman
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http://www.granhoudini.net/RareHH3.htm

this looks like a decent site.
any others I find I will send to you on myspace
Kevin Connolly
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Do either one have a dust jacket?
Please visit my website.
www.houdinihimself.com

Always looking buy or trade for original Houdini, Hardeen and escape artist items. I'm interested in books, pitchbooks and ephemera. Email [email]hhoudini@optonline.net[/email]
Cliffg37
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No dust jacket, both are hardbound
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Kevin Connolly
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$75.00 for Miracle Mongers

$25.00 for the Kellock book.

I would skip trying to perserve them. Meaning, don't get them dipped, etc. to stop the deterioration. They are nice books, but enough exist to meet demand.
Please visit my website.
www.houdinihimself.com

Always looking buy or trade for original Houdini, Hardeen and escape artist items. I'm interested in books, pitchbooks and ephemera. Email [email]hhoudini@optonline.net[/email]
Joe Marotta
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If you want to preserve them, you may want to store them in a dark photo album case. The kind that is like a cardboard box that slides together. This will keep out the sunlight which will slowly fade and destroy the paper. It sounds like there may be many other copies available so I'm not sure if you have a collector's item there or not. Only you can decide if you should preserve these books. Two factors that would help me decide is if the are first editions and then the sentimental value.

Good luck and let us know what you decide.
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