Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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centerpiece

1. A finishing stamp, usually ARABESQUE , blocked in the center of the cover and generally used in combination with center pieces or corner stamps. It was a popular form of decoration in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. Also called "centerstamp." 2. A piece of metal, usually embossed and engraved, and fastened to the cover of a book. (236 , 259 )




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