Lexicon of Bookbinding

All the important terms from A to Z

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  • The conspicuous broken edge on handmade paper, caused by the fibres creeping between the deckle frame and the sieve during manufacture.

  • An outer border on the inside or outside of a cover comprising small tooled motifs, resembling lace.

  • Notarial Instrument, made ​​of cardboard wrapped with neck quiver for a valuable instrument, usually covered in leather or parchment and hand-gilded.

  • French term for a craftsman who specialises in gold-tooling.

  • Sewing one or more sections of a book twice, particularly when the thread is doubled round the tapes (e.g. in the exposed cloth-jointed endpaper), to reinforce the binding.

  • Material pasted down onto the inside of the cover board, separate from the flyleaf. Doublures may be made of leather, vellum or silk, as well as paper, although they were originally made of leather only. See also endpapers.

  • A style of decorated paper (imported into the Netherlands from germany) commonly featuring embossed gold flowers on a multi-coloured background.

  • The time for which the hot tool is impressed in the leather while gold or blind tooling.

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