Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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vegetable tanned

Leathers that have been tanned exclusively with vegetable tanning agents, or with vegetable tannins plus small amounts of other agents, the latter being used solely to assist in the tanning process or to improve or modify the leather, but which are not present in sufficient quantities to noticeably alter the essential vegetable-tanned characteristics of the leather. Cf: CHROME RETAN . See also: VEGETABLE TANNING .

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