Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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hog's back

1. An exaggerated curve of the spine of a book, caused by improper rounding, the use of a sewing thread that is too thick, or a combination of the two. 2. An uneven trim of the fore edge of a book that is cut with the plow, caused by the plow knife riding up as it traverses the length of the book. (65 , 159 )

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