Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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An aromatic, resinous exudation obtained usually in the form of yellowish to greenish lustrous, transparent. brittle tears from incisions in the bark of the mastic tree, Pistacie lentiscus and used, along with sandarach and rectified ethyl alcohol (spirit of wine), to make a varnish used to impart a high gloss to leather bookbindings. (97 )

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