Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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pamphlet

In a limited sense, an independent publication consisting of a few leaves of printed matter stitched together but not bound, and with or without self-, or other paper, covers. While independent in the sense that each is complete in itself, it is not uncommon to issue pamphlets in a series, usually numbered consecutively. In a bibliographical sense, a pamphlet has been variously defined as a publication of not more than 8 pages, one not exceeding 5 sheets, one not more than 100 pages, one less than 80 pages, one not less than 5 nor more than 48 pages, and as a publication consisting of one folded section (signature), regardless of the number of pages (but generally never more than 128). In early 18th century England, a pamphlet was described as work consisting of 20 leaves in folio, 12 in quarto and 6 in octavo. A periodical issue is not generally regarded as a pamphlet. See also: PAMPHLET BINDING (1) . (12 , 139 , 142 , 234 )




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