Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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plain binding

A style of binding executed in Colonial America and characterized by the use of sheepskin and calfskin decorated sparsely in blind. This austere and rugged "style" of binding certainly accounted for the largest number of books bound in Colonial America. A limited number of plain vellum and half sheep bindings with leather corners and marbled paper sides were also produced. (115 , 200 )

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