Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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chemise

1. A cover of SILK or CHEVROTAIN , used in the 15th century to protect leather bookbindings. The chemise was sometimes used in the Middle Ages in lieu of binding. 2. A loose cover for a book with pockets into which the boards are inserted. 3. Broadly, the canvas covering used to protect leather-bound stationery bindings. (140 )




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