Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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snakeskin

Leather produced from the skins of the larger snakes, and tanned by processes that include sumac, alum, and salt (tawing), and chromium salts. The skin of the python has a striking pattern of black and white; however, its scales are rather large. A more delicately patterned skin is that of the watersnake. Snakeskin has been used for covering books upon occasion and also for decorative bands on leather-covered books. (261 , 351 )




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