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Subject: postable? a page missing (looks like either blank or 2nd title page)
Date Posted: 11/24/2008 10:17 PM ET
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I have a 1961 (pre-ISBN) hardcover copy (with acceptable-condition dustjacket) of a book -- Arthur Rimbaud by Enid Starkie -- that is WLed in other editions and was planning to post it manually, but I've discovered that numbered page 11/12 is missing.

It looks like the page was probably cut out. The usual in-the-front-of-the-book pages are there, including the Table of Contents, which clearly ends on page 10, just before the missing page.  The first item listed in the T of C is Introduction, on page 13, which is present.

I am really thinking that the missing page might have been a blank one -- or maybe a repeat of the title (two preceding pages would qualify as title pages) -- that perhaps someone had written a name there and cut the page out before passing the book on.

Do y'all think it's postable?



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Date Posted: 11/25/2008 8:53 AM ET
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Seems possibly postable, but I suspect a fair number of members wouldn't be happy  with it.  Since it is WLed in other editions you would probably be better off touting it in the Bazaar in the WLed other edition thread, disclosing the damage.

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Date Posted: 11/25/2008 2:23 PM ET
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Thanks to everyone for the input.

No, the cut-out page doesn't compromise the binding in any way. The book is otherwise in really good shape for a 1961 edition. But DuskyRose, I have to agree that not knowing for sure what, if anything, was on the page that was removed is the real problem. I doubt that in this case it was a map, but after I posted my question, I got to wondering whether it might have been a portrait of the poet Rimbaud -- maybe some scholar clipped it out and framed it!

At any rate, don't think I'll add it to my bookshelf ... maybe offer as freebie later or something.

Thanks all!

edited to add: beebs, we must have been posting at about the same time -- because I only saw your latest when I first posted this reply.

Need to clarify, the book didn't come through PBS but from a used-book sale, so no one on here was negligent in this instance.



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Date Posted: 11/25/2008 2:32 PM ET
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If I received it, I wouldn't mark it RWP. If I had it, I wouldn't put it on my shelf. I really wish PBS would get more technical on the pages missing. Books like sound like they would be fine going through the system 99.99% of the time.

Date Posted: 11/25/2008 4:07 PM ET
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I'm not sure what they could do. If they make it absolutely NO pages missing, then all those Harlequin/Mira/Steeple Hill/etc. romance books would be made unpostable just because someone had removed the order form they always have in the middle. If they say JUST no text pages can be missing, then a copy that had all the full page illustrations torn out would technically be postable, but I don't think a receiver would be too happy to get it!

Date Posted: 11/26/2008 2:36 PM ET
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Ditto on the "not postable" vote.  In my library experience, single pages cut out are often, as others have pointed out, artwork, color plates or other "desirable" graphics, which are cut out and framed (oh, the horror -- don't get me started!).

Cheers,

Catt