Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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rice marble

A "marble" executed by scattering particles, such as rice, bread crumbs, etc., in a random manner on the edges of a book, or, more commonly, on the covers of calfskin bindings, and then sprinkling the edges or covers with color. This decoration was popular on calf bindings of the first half of the 19th century. When used on the edges of books, the edge was sometimes first colored, the particles were scattered over, and a lighter color was then sprinkled over the first. (152 , 236 , 241 )




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