Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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armorial bearings

Solid plates of brass, engraved in relief with family heraldic insignia, and used to block insignia on the covers of books belonging to prominent and/ or royal families. Armorial bearings have been seldom used in the decoration of bookbindings since the middle of the 19th century. (128 , 262 , 347 )

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