Monday, July 9, 2007

eBay DTIV "Flaw" Pictures

I had a question on an item I'm currently selling on eBay, item number 220129266273, a copy of Stephen King's The Dark Tower IV: Wizard and Glass. This is the original Donald M. Grant Books hardcover first edition. "Mike" wanted to know if there are any flaws in the book. I noticed four teeny tiny ones, all of which are in the pictures below, even if they can't be seen. I'll describe them picture by picture. Sorry for the blurry nature of these, but I only have a 4 megapixel camera.

Picture the First:
1: A small "dent" in the cover above the pages and near the spine (it's to the right of the crease that allows the book to open). I'm not enough of a book guy to know if that matters.

2: There is also a small, shallow "V" in the shape of the hardcover here. In other words, there is not a perfect arc from the last page to the first.

Picture the Second:
3: There is a small scratch on the pages that makes a small, light streak across them. Unfortunately, this doesn't show up very well in the picture.

4: There is also one page where a one centimeter section was slightly wrinkled right at the bottom, ruining the smooth parallel lines of all the pages together. I can't get it to photograph, though. It's in there, somewhere.

I stand by my assessment of this book as a very, very nice copy of this. However, I have not kept the book hermetically sealed. It has been out on my bookshelf for nine years and I have touched it and opened it from time to time. It has never been read straight through, and I think that the fact that I basically can't show half of the so-called flaws is a testament to the copy's quality.

I hope that helps!


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