Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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A somewhat contradictory term which, in its most elementary sense, refers to the minor restoration of a book with no replacement of any material or the separation of the text block from its case or covers. In this sense mending is not so complete a rehabilitation as RESTORATION . In a more complex sense, however, "mending" can be a long, involved process. The mending of torn leaves, for example, in which the tears occur in the folds, involves a process which necessarily includes taking the book completely apart. (173 , 335 )

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