Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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half bands

Horizontal ridges on the spines of some tight-back bindings. They are generally located at the head and tail of the volume, where they indicate the position of the kettle stitches, and are sometimes also between the raised bands. They are smaller than the raised bands. Half bands are often found on Italian and French bindings of the 16th century. (156 )

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