Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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imitation leather

A coated fabric, rubber or plastic composition, or absorbent paper, manufactured so as to resemble genuine leather. Of the many efforts to find a satisfactory substitute for leather, both proposed and actually manufactured, only a few have any extensive use in bookbinding today, and, as they usually contain cellulose nitrate or polychlorides, their permanence is suspect. Also called "artificial leather." (198 , 264 )

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