Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Dutch marble

A marble pattern executed by dropping a series of colors, usually yellow, and blue (in that order), which are then drawn together and intermingled by means of a comb, so that instead of shells and veins being produced, the pattern consists of a series of small, sharp scallops.

The Dutch marble is a pattern that has been used frequently in blankbook binding from the early 19th century to the present day.

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