Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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half binding

A style of binding in which the spine and part of the side of the book, as well as the four corners, are covered with one kind of material, e.g., leather, cloth, etc., and the sides with another material, e.g., cloth or paper. In this style of binding the spine covering usually extends onto the boards about one-fourth of their width, with the corners in harmonious proportion. See also: QUARTER BINDING ;THREE-QUARTER BINDING .

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