Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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tortoise shell covers

A 17th century technique which used tortoise shell to decorate the covers of a book. Additional decoration sometimes consisted simply of a border of silver corners and clasps, but more often included inlays of silver and mother of pearl. (154 , 280 )

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