I'm a boat
Considering the quality of the binding/covers of the early MM printings, I wouldn't have been worried.I noticed there's also a little blurb on the newly-released Monster Manual. This line was particularly WTF-worthy: "The hard binding makes it ideal for a mapping surface..." Yes! Let's all use our expensive hardbacks ($33.00 in today's money) to write on! Perfect!
Those things were built to last. (Unlike, say, Unearth Arcana which fell apart if you looked at it funny.)