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My mom has bought me brand new hardback books for gifts for years. She takes them to her local library and pays for them to have the dust jactet covered in plastic just like a real library book. The following books from my shelf are in perfect condition. Don't tell her, but I never even read them. They are in perfect condition for re-giving.
Double Play, by Robert B. Parker (plastic never put on the dust jacket)
Spare Change, by Robert B. Parker
The Remorseful Day, by Colin Dexter