Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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first impression

1. The initial application of a finishing tool or hand letter to the covering material of a book. 2. All of the copies of a book printed during the first printing operation and before any alterations or additions are made. Subsequent printings following the first, producing reprints, are called "second impression," "third impression," etc. (140 )

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