Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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nailing

A method of securing the leaves or sections of a book (usually a newspaper or a book in sheets that has an ample binding margin) in which ordinary flat-heated nails, or specially designed nails or staples, are driven through the paper near the binding edge from both sides. The nails are slightly shorter than the thickness of the pile of leaves, so that they do not emerge from the paper on the reverse side of the pile. This style of binding is cut flush and is not rounded and backed. Unless the book is very large, and is made up of suitable paper, a nailed binding usually has poor to very poor OPENABILITY . (146 , 259 )




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