Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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rawhide

A (cattle) hide rendered resistant to putrefaction by unhairing, liming, stuffing with oils and greases, and sometimes by other preparatory processes. As the name implies, it is not tanned. It is sometimes used for lacings or trimmings, of books, but it is far too stiff and intractable to use as a covering material. (291 , 325 , 363 )




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