Lexicon of Bookbinding

All the important terms from A to Z

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  • Handmadepaper showing parallel wire marks about 25 mm apart in one direction, with close-set wire marks in the other. These marks are caused by the sieve operated by the paper maker. The pattern can be imitated on machine-made papers by means of the Dandy roller.

  • Two or more materials stuck together in layers.

  • Theoldest and most traditional fabric is the leather. His life is fundamentally dependent on its processing by different types of tanning, splitting, bleaching, dyeing and its storage. As a supplier for leather bindings are the domestic species of sheep, goat, veal, beef and pork, as well as deer or other game in question. Bookbinding Leather has always been mostly imported from other countries. Goatskin is particularly unique in its diversity. The varieties differ not only in terms of their origin, but also by a variety of manufacturing techniques and their grain. Only for bovine hides in Germany, there is no need for imports.

  • See rexine.

  • A utility binding developed around the beginning of the twentieth century, when the public library system became widespread. It incorporated innovations and structural differences that give strength and durability, such as sewn-on tapes, reinforced endpapers and a thick leather cover. It normally has a tight back, and its main feature is the French groove.

  • A soft cover, very often with both squares extending over half the thickness of the book, thus enclosing the edges of the pages. Bibles are often limp bound.

  • 1. Pieces of strong paper pasted to the inside of boards to prevent their being warped by the covering material.

    2. The two pieces of material which are used to strengthen the spine, the first being of mull and the second of Kraft.

  • A piece of wood 250 x 25 x 25 mm, with a piece of lead attached to one end and bound with leather. It is used to beat down the swell in the backs of sections while sewing.

  • In paper making, the addition of kaolin or similar substances to the pulp at the mixer stage, to give opacity and a receptive surface for printing.

  • A binding made up of single sheets of paper or other material, with or without holes punched or slots cut in the back margins, and held together by thongs, cords, posts, rings, wire spirals, plastic combs, bars or spring mechanisms.

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