Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Chinese wax

A white or yellowish crystalline WAX , formed on the branches of the ash tree (Fraxinus chinensis) from the secretion of the coccus insect (Coccus ceriferus). It resembles SPERMACETI WAX , but is harder, more friable and has a higher melting point (80 to 83° C.). It is used in polishing leather, sizing paper, etc. (291 )




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