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Subject: Book Mildew
Date Posted: 1/10/2011 3:55 PM ET
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What does it look like ? I got a book today and the top of the book on the outside all the pages are like little dots.............is this mildew ?

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 4:05 PM ET
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Could be some kind of mold. I got a book like this once. It had clearly been wet at some point. All the areas that had water damage had these mold spots all over them.

Date Posted: 1/10/2011 4:29 PM ET
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If they are yellowish to brown, it is probably more likely to be foxing (natural aging process of the paper). This is postable.

If it is grayish or whitish, I would think probably mold or mildew. Does it smell like mold? If the book has visible spots on it, that are NOT foxing, then it is probably unpostable.