Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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sprinkling

The process of sprinkling or spattering irregularly shaped spots or splotches of coloring matter on the leather covers of a book, usually calfskin or sheepskin, or on the edges, to achieve a decorative effect. Traditionally, sprinkling was done by means of a large brush knocked against an iron bar, but it is now usually done with a brush and sieve, or by means of a mechanical device. See: MOTTLED CALF ;SPRINKLED CALF ;SPRINKLED EDGES .

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