Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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law calf

1. A general term applied to an uncolored calfskin. 2. A cream-colored vegetable-tanned calfskin with a smooth grain surface, at one time used in covering the better grades of law books, but now largely superseded by buckram. Also called "fair calf," and, incorrectly, law sheep. See also: LAW BINDING (1) ; LAW BUCKRAM . (154 , 156 , 264 )

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