Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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pebbling

A rough finish on a coated paper, produced by passing the paper between roughened rollers under high pressure. Because it is more difficult to print on roughened paper than on paper which is smooth, paper is usually pebbled subsequent to printing. A fine-screen halftone cannot be printed on eggshell or antique paper by letterpress processes, but it can be printed on smooth paper that is later pebbled to an antique finish.

Pebbling is often employed to improve the appearance, bulk, or pliability of paper so that a cheaper paper may be substituted for more expensive stock.

It may be used to finish small quantities of paper which otherwise could not be purchased with a pebbled finish except in large quantities. (234 , 278 )




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