Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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binding before purchase

A term generally considered to mean the purchase of books by a library in sheets, to be bound according to the library's specifications before they receive any wear, and while the paper is still fresh, clean and unwrinkled.

Binding before purchase is rare today, except for PRE-LIBRARY BOUND publications, which is not strictly the same thing. (25 )

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