Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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vaseline

A trade name for soft paraffin. Yellow and white varieties are produced, consisting of semi-solid, partly translucent mixtures of hydrocarbons of the paraffin series ranging from C 15 H 32 to C 20 H 42 . White vaseline is sometimes used to make gold leaf adhere to the surface of leather before application of the tool. Under no circumstances should it be applied to leather as a dressing. (235 , 335 )




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