Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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plant wax

A WAX obtained from various plants, including Rhus verniciflua, as well as species of Euphorbiacea, which is frequently included in leather dressings. Plant waxes are cheaper and generally more easily available than many of the organic waxes, and are said to be useful in providing body to the dressing at a slightly higher softening temperature. In addition, unlike the animal waxes, they are more resistant to rancidity, and they also emulsify well with water. See also: CANDELILLA WAX ;CARNAUBA WAX ;JAPAN WAX ,

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