Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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nipping

1. The process of reducing the swell caused by the sewing of a book. or the removal of the backing shoulders of a book to be rebound, by applying pressure to the book at the spine only, usually between the jaws of a NIPPER (1) . See also: KNOCKING OUT THE GROOVE ;KNOCKING OUT THE SWELL .

2. The process of applying heavy pressure of short duration to a case-bound book for the purpose of setting the joints before the adhesive used in casing-in sets. See also: BUILDING-IN MACHINE .

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