Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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type

1. A small rectangular block of metal or wood, usually the former, cut on its top with a raised letter, figure, or other character, for use in letterpress printing, or in a lettering pallet for lettering the spine of a book. The nomenclature of a single piece of type for letterpress work has always been compared to a headless human being standing erect: a body, a face, beard, neck, shoulder, back, belly and feet. Type letters are formed with three imaginary lines: the "base line" on which the bases of capitals rest, the "mean line" along the top of lower-case letters which do not have ascenders, and the "cap line" across the top of the capital letters. 2. A number of such characters. (156 , 189 )




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