Last week I bought Great Britain Specialised Volume 1 Part 1 'Queen Victoria' Stamp Catalogue (1st Edition).
The book I have got looked as an used book. I complained to the seller that pretended that Stanley Gibbons did not deliver philatelic catalogues covered in a shrink-wrap. Last year I bought two brochures from Stanley Gibbons that had plastic protection.
All the previous new catalogues that I have recently bought (Yvert Tellier, Spink Maury and some others) have been delivered in a (plastic) shrink-wrap.
In case you bought new catalogues from Stanley Gibbons (maybe Victoria specialised), did they have a shrink-wrap or not?
The front cover is dirty inside, extremely dusty, more than 2 cm close to the edge, more visible in the upper corner. The first 55 pages are folded in the upper corner 2-3 cm, and all the other pages just a bit in the upper corner. The first page is also dirty in the upper corner. The upper corners of the cover look like being pressed in a strange way.
Is Stanley Gibbons printing house worse than Yvert Tellier, Spink Maury, Michel or SBHV (catalogues I have previously bought in perfect condition) or is the seller that carelessly treated this catalogue?
I can understand that new books are not always in perfect condition but they should not be sold for full price.
According to my previous experience with new philatelic catalogues I thought that it is a common practice to deliver them wrapped in plastic.
In that case, I'd return it for a refund or an undamaged copy. Not all books are shipped from the publisher in perfect condition, so the problem could be with the publisher or the seller. Publishers may sell off damaged volumes cheap, although these will usually be marked as damaged.