Nice vet books, hepkitten. I believe you are a DVM are you not or did I misunderstand another post (about meeting your hubby)? I am sure there have been some changes in vet med since they were published. As for reading the older books, mine are readable. The Durham book needs a little work on the binding (which I haven't gotten around too) but the pages are sound. In such a case for older books it really depends of course on how they been kept or preserved - humidity and so forth. I try to buy books to read and use not just for under glass (now of course that doesn't mean I wouldn't want those under glass books - but that is another story). Older books can in some, if not many instances, outlast modern productions. I have a friend who has a pre-1600 Geneva Bible that is a usable as any book today - I am trying to talk him into willing it to me. Thanks for the kind remarks.