We’ve all seen them. Books returned to the library have been tasty treats for cats, dogs, rodents, and even rabbits. The World of Wolves came into my hands with two corners chewed on by a dog. You can usually tell a book has been chewed by an animal by the stiffness in the pages from the saliva, and the size of the tooth marks suggests what kind of animal. This book needed both damaged corners replaced with new binder’s board and book cloth to closely match the original cover. Luckily, the text block was barely chewed so no work was required there.
I first removed the damaged end sheet and carefully peeled back the paper cover enough so I could get good access to the corners to remove the damaged board. I cut small pieces of binder’s board to match the thickness of the original board and peeled back layers on each corner, so I could stagger the layers and glue the two new corners on. Next, I cleaned up the existing cover and cut away chewed parts. I then glued on the new book cloth, which I think matches pretty well. I pressed the corners well for a good, tight fit and then added a new end sheet and ISU property stamp label. I was pretty pleased with the outcome of this book.