Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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primary binding

The earliest of any different publisher's binding styles found on copies of the same edition. The term is applied only to edition bindings, and, as a matter of practice, is seldom used with reference to anything other than publisher's cloth, although it could perhaps be applied to a "boards-and-label" copy of a book published between 1820 and 1830, assuming copies issued later were bound in gilt-lettered cloths, i.e., after 1832. (69 )




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