Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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cords

The cotton, hemp, linen. or silk cords or bands, of varying thicknesses, which extend across the backs of the gathered sections and are used in sewing books through the folds. They are either sunk into saw cuts in the sections, as in RECESSED-CORD SEWING . or rest against the sections to form the raised cords or bands used inFLEXIBLE SEWING . See also: BANDS (1) ;TAPES ;THONGS (2) ;WEBBING(S) (1) .

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