Lexicon of Bookbinding

All the important terms from A to Z

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  • A style of binding featuring leafy sprays and interlaces bounded by a single gold line on one side and a double gold line on the other.

  • A chemical such as china clay or starch, added to paper and cloth to bulk it out. When added to paper it also makes it whiter and more receptive to high polishing for fine printing. See also filling in.

  • A continuous plain line produced by a wheel-shaped finishing tool of the same name.

  • The operation of filling in the space on the inside of the front or back board left uncovered by the cloth or covering material with pulp or manilla card. This levels the surfaces so that the endpapers lie flat, and is called a filler.

  • The second of two principal processes involved in binding a book: the titling, decoration and polishing of the cover. See also forwarding.

  • A style of binding in which the sections are sewn onto lengths of twisted pigskin or hemp cord (known as bands) placed across and on the outside of the sections. The ends of these are called slips and are laced into the boards. The binding has a tight back.

  • A binding whose cover is the same size as the sections.

  • See endpapers.

  • Foldingsections by machine (and occasionally by hand) by lining up the edges of the paper.

  • When the printed type is out of square with the edge of the sheet, lining up the top line of type at each fold so that the margins are even. This applies only to hand folding.

  • Storage caseconsist in a simple form of two cardboard covers and arbitrarily wide fabric backing. The solution can be improved with corners, flaps and tie bands, in the deluxe model as "address" known.

  • 1. A sheet of paper in one of the traditional sizes, folded once to give two leaves.

    2. A book made of such sheets, i.e. the largest format possible in that particular size.

  • The front edge of a book, opposite the spine. So called because this edge originally faced outward from the shelves and the title was painted, inked or scorched on the edges of the leaves.

  • The painting of the front edge of a book, where the page block is fanned and an image is applied to the stepped surface of the page edges. If the page edges are themselves gilded this then results in the image disappearing when the book is closed again. See also foredge and edge gilding.

  • The first of the two principal processes involved in bookbinding: the production of the binding itself. See also finishing.

  • In the library style, the groove down the edge of the spine, between the joint and the board. Its function is to enable the thick leather used in this binding style to fold more easily at the hinge.

  • The sewing together of two or more sections without tapes. Each section is linked to the rest by catching up the loops of thread of the preceding section.

  • The illustration facing the title page of a book.

  • Anythingattached to the boards, e.g. clasps, metal cornerpieces, bosses.

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