Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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pouncing

The process of roughening the surface of vellum or parchment with POUNCE (1) or pumice to counteract the natural greasiness of the material and enable it to take ink readily. Pouncing, which has a tendency to spoil the grain surface of vellum, has been made less necessary by the use of special sizes. (140 )




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