Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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opening up

The process of "opening" a newly bound book (other than an edition binding), in order to improve its flexibility. The usual method is to hold the book fore edge up, then by regular, uniform motions, a few leaves at a time, pressing the leaves down, first at the front, then at back, and then repeating, until the center of the book has been reached. "Opening up" helps avert strain on the binding and also permits freer opening of the book. See also: BREAK (1) . (127 )

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