Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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insect wax

A WAX such as that obtained from China, where insects such as Coccus ceriferus deposit the wax on trees. The wax is scraped off and washed on the surface of hot water before being cast into molds and set in blocks. It has a softening range of 80 to 84° C., and is very firm, like beeswax, and consequently is useful in providing body for leather dressings to be used in very hot climates. (291 )

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