Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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deerskin

A leather with a loose, open structure, made from the skin of deer, or other animals of the family Cervidae. It was used for bookbinding purposes as long ago as the 8th century. In the Middle Ages it was largely superseded by calfskin, sheepskin, and goatskin. (140 , 291 )




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