The Book Doctor

The Book Doctor

The Book Doctor

The Book Doctor

The Book Doctor

The Book Doctor

The Book Doctor

The Book Doctor

The Book Doctor

The Book Doctor

The Book Doctor

The Book Doctor
1320 West Davis St
Dallas, TX 75208

214.946.1760 0r
214.946.7961
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"They come to the small shop...with books. And stories.

The father who wanted his Bible restored so he could give it to his son before dying of cancer.

The daughter who wanted to repair the books that belonged to her sick mother as a way of keeping her mom's memory alive.

They come to see...the Book Doctor."

The Dallas Morning News

"Ms. McKay does her work in a small, pleasantly fusty shop, with workbenches behind the main counter, gilt-edged books everywhere, bolts of colorful cloth piled atop an old chest of many short, wooden drawers, the kind of chest used to house movable type or old maps."

The New York Times

 

The Book Doctor Photo Gallery

 

Restoration and Repair Gallery

Bible Repair 1

A contemporary bible with a broken binding and worn cover. We repaired the binding and created a new cover in leather.

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Bible Repair 2

This bible was originally covered in a stiff paper cover material that would not hold a repair. Rather than lose the cover completely, we saved the original image and designed a cover around it.

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Dog Damage 1

Dogs love glue. A dog took a chunk out of the spine of this book. We saved it by repairing the pages along the spine and rebinding

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Dog Damage 2

A nervous dog chewed on the book's cover. We plugged the book board and blended our repairs with the original cover.

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Dictionary

This beautiful edition of Webster's came to us with a dry leather cover and broken binding. We repaired the binding and treated the cover. Additionally, we lightly touched up the color in order to return it to its former beauty.

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The Bumper Book

This children's book came in with a weak paper cover and badly damaged pages. We repaired the pages and made a new cover with a set in of the original.

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Miss Nellie

A beautiful album that needed rebinding and repair work to the decorative elements.

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The Circus Book

The original cover was badly damaged and not salvageable. We removed pieces from the front and spine to set into a new leather cover.

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1903

The book came in with a broken spine, loose coverboards, and damaged corners. We repaired the binding and flysheets, then created a new spine and corners in the style of the original.

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Latest Restorations

Image 1: This volume of the Daily Siddur survived Hurricane Katrina but was badly water damaged. We removed the decorative piece from the original board and set it into a new leather cover.

Image 2: The Song of Hiawatha had a broken spine and loose coverboards. We reattached the boards and built a new spine with cloth we make in the studio. The original spine is over the new material, which has been painted to blend. The corners have also been reinforced and repaired.

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