Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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beating hammer

A heavy, short-handled hammer, with a bell-shaped face, used in beating the leaves and sections of a book so as to flatten and compress them. Such hammers generally weigh 10 to 14 pounds, and sometimes even up to 16 pounds. The introduction of theROLLING MACHINE (1827) made the beating hammer virtually obsolete. (172 , 236 )

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