Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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enamelled hide

A vegetable tanned cowhide with a flexible, water repellent, multi-layered coating on the grain side, built up in a manner somewhat similar to that used for patent leather, and given a grain pattern by means of embossing. At one time enamelled hide was a cowhide tanned with bark and finished with a mixture of Prussian blue (ferric ferrocyanide (KFe(Fe(N 6 ))) and linseed oil, dried in an oven and grained. (61 , 351 )

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