Recently I find that one of my new book has some small brown dots
(about 1mm in diameter). As I also find a small brown bug, whose size
is about 1 mm in length but very thin. I can only notice it very
carefully. I suspect the brown dots are related to the bug. I cannot
find any more appropriate group on this problem, thus I post it here.
Could you tell me how to store new books? Because I occationally read
them, I would not make it inconvenient to some places. Thanks a lot.
Since this damaged book is new, it is worth finding detailed
answers to your questions.
Most brown spots are "foxing," caused by infiltration of mildew
spores. But we do not expect this in a book less than 5 years old.
Composition of the paper may be a factor (cf. use since the 19th
century of wood fibres in preference to rag/linen fibres, cf. also current
market pressures to reduce paper costs.) Professional book
conservators are supposed to be on top of this problem.
Many college departments of entomology identify specimens like yours.
Since this service is usually free, you might look for it just in case.
New books are best stored on shelves behind glass. Damp and
dust are the main enemies. If you fear mildew may have begun
to take hold, exposure to warm sunlight seems the best cure.
I have an old book with book worm damage. It was considered a good
thing aka omen. Can't remember the title but is was about some guy and
his travels. Looked about.
"The Works of Rabelais." Have not looked at it in 30 years but I now
for some reason may look at it.
Bill S. Jersey USA zone 5 shade garden
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