This post might be a little more than some people can stomach. I'm sharing this as a cautionary tale to book collectors.
So, last year, I purchased a first trade edition Lisey's Story at one of the local flea markets for $7. That's a quarter of the cover price. Score! I got it home and put it on the shelf. Where it stayed until last week.
The perpetrator in disguise:
Then, last week, while cataloging my first editions, I took it off the shelf. I immediately smelled something... off. You see, last year, I was a smoker. Smokers have notoriously shitty senses of smell. So I missed this...
The perpetrator unmasked!
That stain is, as far as I can tell, infected urine. It has a reddish tint to it, and it smells like a UTI. Gloves were worn, and everything this book has touched has been thoroughly scrubbed. It's been in a bag for the past week while I investigated ways of cleaning it. Why yes, yes I am a moron. Don't judge me. But, today, it goes into the trash, because...
The perpetrator's replacement was found hiding at my favorite UBS!
That one on the bottom is a flawless first trade edition of Lisey's Story. I was able to purchase this lovely book for $4, three bucks less than my pissy version.
So, boys and girls, lesson learned. Always pull the dust jacket off your books before you leave the store.
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