Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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bead

1. An old American term for HEADBAND . 2. A small twist formed when twisting the silk or cotton in headbanding. 3. A fore-edge clasp made of cat gut and beads, used to keep vellum bindings tightly closed. See also: CLASPS . (83 , 250 , 261 )




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