Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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half cloth

A book bound with a cloth spine, but not cloth corners. The sides are generally paper, which is also used for the spine title label. The style was fairly common on publisher's bindings from the late 1820s to the early 1840s. for three-volume novels into the early 1850s, and occasionally for general works since about 1890. The style was correctly (though not often) called "quarter cloth" by job binders. Also called at times "half linen." (69 , 335 )

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