Thidwick needs help

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This is a 1948 copy of Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose by Dr, Seuss. There are plenty of opportunities for improvement here. I’ll provide an overview, then keep my question to one aspect.

Hardback,11-1/4” by 8-1/8”. Previous library book. All exposed edges are worn down to the underlying boards, all four corners bumped. Spine has been covered with transparent tape and covers a library coding at the bottom of spine. Sticker on lower left of back cover. Material missing toward bottom left of front cover. Decorative, themed end sheets, front and back. Front fly leaf with some paper residue(?). Library pocket intact on front pastedown. Front hinge completely torn loose. Rear end sheet and hinge in remarkably good condition. Text is comprised of three sewn signatures, from front to back: 3 folios, 5 folios, 3 folios.

Personal copy, will keep for myself.

How to address the terribly worn edges in a consistent, “smooth” manner? And that would include saving the spine if one were to try to remove tape from a 75 year old book. Thanks for your time.

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    Asked on March 24, 2024 6:43 pm
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    Great question. I use hinging tissue to go over the edges and then you can color them (before or after really). Sometimes, I have tucked the new material under the original material, but the hinging tissue is so narrow you may not need to do this. Just make sure the material is secure before attaching on top of it. Repair the corners first. There is a course for that.

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    Answered on March 25, 2024 12:07 pm