Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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flat back binding

1. A hand-bound book which has not been rounded and backed before the boards are attached. The term is also sometimes applied to a book which has lost its round; however FLAT SPINE is a more appropriate term for this condition. The spine of a flat back binding has a tendency to become concave. Also called "square back." See also: FLAT BACK CASE BINDING . 2. A leather binding which does not have bands appearing on the spine. (140 , 236 , 335 , 343 )

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