Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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paste papers ( starch papers )

Decorative endpapers and cover papers produced by pressing or sliding objects into a wet paste or starch mixture that has been spread on the paper. When dry the paper is then glazed. The paste is usually colored with poster paints, dyes, colored inks, or the like, worked into the thinned paste. Paste papers, which were one of the earliest forms of decorative papers, were used for both cover papers and endpapers from the 16th through the 18th centuries, and are still used to some extent today. (133 , 217 )




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