Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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direction line

The line of printed characters in a publication when the abbreviated title of the book, i.e., the DESIGNATION MARK , follows the signature mark, or letter, printed at the foot of the first page of each sheet. It is intended to serve as a guide to the binder when gathering. Until the end of the 18th century the direction line, printed below the text of the page, and often between the text and the footnotes, contained theCATCHWORD , signature, press figures, and occasionally the volume number or part number. See also: SIGNATURE AND CATCHWORD LINE .

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