Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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A very malleable, ductile, yellow trivalent and univalent metal (Au) that occurs chiefly in the free state, is unaffected by most chemicals but is attacked by chlorine and aqua regia, is hardened or changed in color for use in bookbinding and other art work by alloying with copper, silver, or other metals, and which has been used for centuries to illuminate manuscripts, as well as to letter and decorate leather and other bookbindings. See also: GILT EDGES ;GOLD BLOCKING ;GOLD LEAF ;GOLD ROLL ;GOLD TOOLING .

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