Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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stanchgrain

A hard, firm sheet of very white PARCHMENT , produced by means of special finishing compositions. Stanchgrain was an English technique of modifying parchment to produce a firm, smooth, grease-free writing surface of uniform whiteness. The composition used for this consisted essentially of lime and flour; or lime, quicklime and flour, eggwhite and milk, all mixed together and spread on the skin, which was then dried slowly outdoors in the sun. (291 )




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