Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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stamp

1. A finishing tool, cut in brass, bearing figures or patterns in relief. Stamps range in design from a simple dot to the most intricate lacework design, and can be used by hand or in a blocking machine. In a more restricted sense, however, the simpler tools, or those meant to be used by hand; they are probably more correctly referred to as hand tools, fancy hand tools, or UNIT TOOLS . 2. An engraved design on a block, or the impression of a block or stamp on the covers of a book, as distinct from a decoration executed by a roll, or one cut into the leather. See: ARMORIAL BINDINGS ;BLOCKING (1) ;BLOCKING FOIL ;BLOCKING PRESS ;PANEL ;STAMP .

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