Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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rough gilt

The edges of a book that have been cut solid and gilded before sewing, so that when the book is later sewn the edges are slightly uneven (rough), although usually to an almost imperceptible extent. This technique has been widely used in England and America, especially by those bookbinders who do not care for the solid "block of metal" appearance of edges gilt subsequent to sewing. See also: GILT IN THE ROUND ;TRIMMED BEFORE SEWING .

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