Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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An aqueous adhesive consisting of GUM ARABIC or fish glue, plasticized with glycerin, glycol, or sorbitol, with a small amount of a preservative and odorant added. In a more general sense, mucilage is a liquid adhesive having a low order of bonding strength. The terms mucilage and mucilaginous are also commonly used as generic terms describing gummy or gluey water-miscible substances. (235 , 309 )

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