Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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1. See: SPINE . 2. To shape a ridge or shoulder on the sides of the spine of a text block after sewing. See: BACKING . 3. The main portion of a HIDE (1) , obtained by cutting off both sides of the belly and the head. 4. Boards composed of plies of different stock, the side of superior quality being called the "top" and the other side the "back."




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