Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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lying flat

That characteristic of a binding that enables the leaves of the book to lie more or less perfectly flat when the book is opened in its center. It is a particularly necessary characteristic for music scores, books which are to be photocopied, and books which are to be written in. See:SPRING-BACK (1) . Lying flat is generally associated with the HOLLOW BACK , which permits a greater degree of throw up in the spine.

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