Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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animal sized

A paper sized with a gelatin or glue (and sometimes alum, which acts as an insolubilizer). The gelatin or glue-and-alum solution acts as a preservative and enhances the water resistance of the paper. Generally, only high-grade writing papers, bonds, ledgers, and handmade paper are animal sized. See also: SURFACE SIZED ;TUB SIZED .

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