Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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cut down

]. A term applied to a book trimmed to a size less than given in specifications. See also: CROPPED (1 , 2 ). 2. The slipping or dipping of the plow knife when cutting the edges of a book, resulting in an irregular edge. 3. The bands, cords, or tapes on which a book is sewn "cut down" to the correct length for lacing-in or insertion between split boards. (256 , 261 )

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