Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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half leather

A book having a leather spine, extending over approximately one-fourth the width of the sides, leather corners, and the remainder of the sides covered in cloth or paper.

Half leather bindings covered in calfskin of a tan or other shade of brown, with narrow spines and small corners, marbled paper sides. smooth cut edges which were sometimes stained pale yellow or sprinkled red, and plain endpapers, were common in England in the latter half of the 18th century. The corners of these volumes were occasionally vellum instead of leather.

Stationers also issued cheap half leather bindings, often sheepskin, which were not trimmed and had no headbands, no squares, and were not lettered. Half vellum bindings, which were comparatively rare, were produced throughout the 19th century. See also: QUARTER LEATHER ;THREE-QUARTER LEATHER .

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