Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Japan marble

A cover marble of a shaded red, produced by coating the leather with potash water (potash alum), brazilin and glair, followed by copperas water (ferrous sulfate) and the red coloring in large drops, which were made to run down the covers. After the.colors had dried, the covers were then washed several times with more of the brazilin, which added gloss. (95 )

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