Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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lying press

A small, portable press. usually made of wood, with two steel or wooden screws operating through bronze chucks, in which books to be hacked by hand, trimmed with the plow, lettered or decorated, etc., are clamped. The lower face of the block on the bookbinder's left has a groove in which the plow runs. It is not known when the lying press was introduced into bookbinding, but since it was unusual for the edges of books to be cut and spines backed before the last part of the 15th century, it was probably invented sometime after 1500. (161 , 236 )

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