Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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polishing

The process of smoothing and adding gloss to the covers of a book by mechanical means. The process involves working the leather at first with a slightly warm tool, followed by repeated workings with polishers heated to higher temperatures. Small circular motions are used to prevent wide areas of darkened streaks from showing. The technique of polishing leather covers dates back at least to the second half of the 14th century. (161 , 236 , 335 )




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