Minor Repairs (Corners,  Hinges and Caps)

Minor repairs are fairly simple repairs to mend abraded covers (especially the corners), damaged caps and loose hinges. While treating corners and caps can seem cosmetic, minor damage like this can cause further damage in the future since the book is no longer being protected by its cover. Loose hinges, if not tightened, can eventually cause the boards (i.e. covers) to fall off. These repairs generally take less than 15 minutes to perform and us a minimal amount of materials and tools.

book with the cover missing corners
The cover of this book is missing the corners, so there is no protection for the pages of the textblock.
Merry chimes : a collection of songs, duets, trios, and sacred pieces… by L.O. Emerson.
Chicago : Lyon & Healy, 1865
M1994.E53 M47 1865
Description:  1 score (224 p.) ; 14 x 19 cm
Permanent record link: http://catalog.lib.msu.edu/record=b4792515~S39a
scroll decoration  scroll decoration  scroll decoration
book after the corners of the cover have been repaired
The corners have been repaired by consolidating the frayed cloth and book board.
book with the cover frayed on the corners
The corners on this cover are frayed and expose the book board underneath. This will lead to further degradation.
Phelps, Lincoln, Mrs., 1793-1884
Botany for beginners: an introduction to Mrs. Lincoln's Lectures on botany
New York, Huntington & Savage, 1848.
QK47 .P527 1848
Description:   216 p. illus. 17 cm.
Permanent record link: http://catalog.lib.msu.edu/record=b4843315~S39a
scroll decoration  scroll decoration  scroll decoration
another example of a book with frayed corners on the cover the spine of the frayed book before repair
The corners on this cover are frayed and expose the book board underneath. This will lead to further degradation.
the book cover after repair the spine of the book after repair
The corners have been repaired by consolidating the frayed cloth and book board.
Gallaudet, T. H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1787-1851
The school and family dictionary and illustrative definer
New York : Robinson, Pratt, 1842.
PE1628 .G3 1842
Description:   viii, 221 p. ; 16 cm.

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