Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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patent leather

A cattle or horse hide, which is coated, usually on the flesh side, with a flexible, waterproof film having a lustrous and highly glazed surface produced by successive coatings of daubs, varnishes, and lacquers, some of which may be pigmented. These were formerly based on boiled linseed oil ("Japanning") but some or all may now consist partly or entirely of plasticized cellulose nitrate and/or plastic resins. (351 , 363 )




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