Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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kangaroo skin

The skin of the herbivorous marsupials (family Macropodidae) of Australia, New Guinea, etc., which when properly tanned, makes a supple and durable bookbinding leather. Today, it is generally chrome tanned with a glazed finish, thus making it unsuitable for use as a bookbinding leather. It is said to be stronger, weight for weight, than any other leather. (325 )

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