Next time, just give it one star on Goodreads

Alethea Drexler
archives assistant

Gina and I have been numbering the rare books so that they will be easier to reshelve when they’re moved to the new space on the first floor.

Yesterday afternoon, I pulled a volume of Wood’s Library of Standard Medical Authors (1883) off of the shelf in and saw this:

McGovern Woods Library 97 vol 2 front cover

My first thought was that I did not want to meet the insect that could do that, but then we realized it wasn’t insect damage.

That, friends, is a bullet hole.

(Insert Texas jokes here.)

Thankfully, there aren’t any bloodstains, but it did quite a number on the pages

McGovern Woods Library 97 vol 2 pages

The exit wound:

McGovern Woods Library 97 vol 2 page edges

There was collateral damage.   This is the back cover of next book in the set.

McGovern Woods Library 98 vol 1 back cover

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