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Re: [BKARTS] Skinny Sigs -#2



What's described here is an ordinary gathering of 12mo in 6s. In this
format one third of the printed half sheet, containing the innermost 2
leaves/4 pages, is cut off by the binder and quired into the remaining
larger portion. In 12mo in 12s the same principle obtains: a 4-leaf section
(in one strip) is cut off, folded, and quired into an 8-leaf section that's
folded like an octavo. Early in the 19th century printers stopped signing
the leaves continuously for this formats, and began signing only the first
leaf of the outer portion (sometimes, in the earliest days, the first 2
leaves of 12s), and the first leaf of the offcut. Bill Minter's book is
signed in one of the most common ways using numerical signatures; with
alphabetical signatures printers very often signed the 1st and 3rd leaves
(or 1st and 5th leaves in 12s) in the pattern B/B2.

At 1/30/03 10:20 PM, you wrote:
In a message dated 1/30/03 18!06!28pm, Bill Minter writes:
Maybe not, as the first leaf of the signature has, for example a "5", the
second leaf has nothing, whereas, the third leaf has a "5*". So, in my
observation, the first two sheets of the signature may have been printed
separate from the third. Now, maybe the signatures were printed 12 pages up,
as indicated by someone an earlier response. The book is 1840, Philadelphia,
size 4 1/2" x 8".

RICHARD NOBLE : RARE BOOKS CATALOGER : JOHN HAY LIBRARY : BROWN UNIVERSITY PROVIDENCE, RI 02912 : 401-863-1187/FAX 863-2093 : RICHARD_NOBLE@xxxxxxxxx

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