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Re: [BKARTS] Skinny Sigs -#2

In a message dated 1/29/03 2:12:12 PM, africa@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx writes:

<< When and why did the practice of printing skinny gatherings arise?
That is to say, printing thick books in gatherings of bifolia (or what ever
you want to call them-4 leaves, 8 pages).  >>

I have already responded with my theory, but I have a question that follows
the same line:
Obviously, most (some?) books are printed on a larger sheet that is folded,
once, twice, three times, etc. -- Folio, Quarto, Octavo, etc. My question
relates to a book that has ONLY three sheets (12 pages) in a signature. Why
would the printer have the bookbinder insert (or remove) one of the sheets
from the imposed layout? The book in question is 1840, Philadelphia.
Bill Minter

William Minter Bookbinding & Conservation, Inc.
4364 Woodbury Pike
Woodbury, PA   16695
fax 814-793-4045

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