I decided this afternoon to pick up Leonard Peikoff's treatise, Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand [OPAR], again, after a 15 year hiatus. I recently reorganized my bookshelves and had noticed that this book looked a little sickly, but I didn't investigate.
Well, tonight I opened it to start reading from the beginning, and realized that the binding was totally broken. The first 81 pages had separated completely from the rest of the binding.
No big deal, right? Just buy another. But this is a first edition hardcover, ordered months before it was published in 1991. And because I've cared for it, it's in great condition, but for this inexplicable break in the binding.
I immediately thought about book restorers, and what it would cost to have a pro fix it, but then I realized... the glue used in bindings is quite similar to what comes from a hot glue gun. I took a quick look and saw that there was ample room for me to fix this -- I had plenty to work with -- so I got out the glue gun that the kids use for crafts, and went to work.
I think, after a couple of trials, that I got it. A quick inspection shows that it seems to work like a real book again. For now it's sitting on the shelf wrapped in rubber bands, but I'm cautiously optimistic.
And I'm excited to pick up the book again. I just couldn't read it in its broken state. I really have no idea how the binding could break like that when it wasn't a book I even finished at the time.
Well, here's hoping that my amateur book-binding surgery is good enough to allow for a good old-fashioned reading of the text.