Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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1. The process of imparting a smooth, glossy surface to a leather by pressing it against a highly polished, heated metal plate under very great pressure. The process is analogous to embossing except that in the latter process the plate is engraved with a "grain." The term also refers to the process of imparting a smooth and polished surface to the leather covers of a book. See also: POLISHING PLATES . 2. The process of imparting a special finish to a paper by subjecting it to heavy pressure (and sometimes slight friction) between plating rollers while it is interleaved between metal plates that are polished or covered with a material different from the paper itself. e.g., linen, thus producing on the paper an impression characteristic of the material used. (17 , 306 )

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