Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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alchemic gold

A gold ink composition developed early in the 20th century as a substitute for imitation gold leaf. It was said to be "free from acid," as well as non-tarnishing. Its principal virtue seems to have been that it eliminated the necessity of sizing, laying-on, and rubbing off. (164 , 264 )




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