Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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guard book

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A book containing compensation guards equal to the anticipated thickness of the additional matter to be added at a later time. The guards are sewn with the book and are intended to prevent gaping of the boards or damage to the spine when the book is filled with photographs, clippings, etc. Also called "stub book." (82 , 343 )

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