Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Paper which has been dried to the point of brittleness and loss of strength. It is usually assumed that the term applies to paper which is dried excessively during manufacture, but it may also be applied to paper, i.e., books, documents, etc., stored in an excessively dry (and usually very hot) environment. The expression "brittleness" is appropriate here even though in a strict sense brittleness refers to a breakdown of the cellulose linkages in a paper, generally as a result of chemical degradation. (72 )

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