Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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case-making machine

A hand- or machine-fed machine used to assemble the covering material, boards, and inlays of case-bound edition books. Case-making machines are of two general types: sheet fed, either by hand or machine, and roll fed, by machine. Roll fed machines require two additional steps in their operation as compared with sheet-fed machines, namely, corner cutting and separation of the individual cases. The covering material, however, does not have to he pre-cut. Sheet fed machines receive the covering material in the correct size for the individual case with the corners already cut.

Case-making machines may be modified for use of paper as the covering material, to make round-cornered eases, to use light board instead of paper for the inlays, and to make album covers which have one narrow and one wide board, with a hinge. Modern ease-making machines can produce up to 21 cases per minute with dimensions of 5 1/2 by 7 1/2 inches to 9 1/2 by 15 1/2 inches, with extended capabilities using accessory equipment.

The case-making machine dates back to the latter years of the 19th century; its greatest period of development was 1891-95. (89 , 196 , 203 , 320 )

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