Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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pounce

A finely ground powder, generally prepared from GUM SANDARAC mixed with pumice or cuttlefish bone. Originally, it was used to prevent ink from spreading on unsized paper or over an erasure, as well as to prepare vellum to take writing ink. See: POUNCING , It is now sometimes used as an adhesive in gold tooling and in the coloring of the edges of books. 2. See: REPOUSÉ




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