Re: Protecting the 1e Manuals?
I printed out play copies from the pdf's and had them spiral-bound at Staples (as a bonus, they're larger and easier to read). No one else is laying a finger on any part of my boxed set.
"The fear of death, its risk each time, is one of the most stimulating parts of the game. It therefore behooves the referee to include as many mystifying and dangerous areas as is consistent with a reasonable chance for survival." - J. Eric Holmes