Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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tidying

A 19th century practice of issuing paper-boarded and cloth-cased books untrimmed, hut with the longest leaves trimmed or "tidied" to the general level of the other leaves. Early in the 19th century, this was done with trimming shears which were fixed to the press: however, by about 1830 the shears had been superseded by trimming knives. This type of trimming was also done in the better binderies. usually in combination with a gilt top. (236 )




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