Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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commons ( common color )

An obsolete English term for a grade of book cloth intermediate in quality between the cheaper linens and more expensive extra cloths and buckram. Commons were dyed before receiving the final coat of color. The thready appearance noticeable on linen-finished cloth was less apparent on commons because of the dye and additional coating. (256 , 276 )

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