Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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manuscript binding

A method used occasionally when a manuscript (or typescript) made up of single leaves is to be bound in sections. The leaves are pasted in pairs in such a manner that if there are 16 leaves, for example, the binding edge of leaf 1 (recto side down) would be pasted to the binding edge of leaf 16 (recto side up), leaf 2 to 15, and so on, the 8 double leaves then being folded to make a section. At best it is an awkward method and is probably not as effective as a GUARD (2) . (355 )

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