Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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camphor

A crystalline terpenoid ketone (C 10 H 16 O), occurring naturally in the (+)-, (-)- and (±) forms. Ordinary commercial camphor is the (+) type, obtained from the wood of the camphor tree (Cinnamonum camphora), mainly from Formosa. It can also be manufactured, using pinene (C 10 H 16 ) as the raw material. It is sometimes used in an effort to rid books and bookcases of BOOKWORMS , and as a plasticizer in cellulose nitrate plastics.




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