Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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The several thicknesses of board glued together and then to theSPRING-BACK (1) of a book, usually a large stationery binding. The hubs, which appear as relatively large, raised bands or ridges under the covering material (usually leather) on the spine of the book, strengthen the spine and protect the leather from wear and other damage. The hubs may also serve as an integral part of the decoration of the spine of the book. Cf: FALSE BANDS . (264 , 339 )

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