Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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platinum leaf

A very heavy metallic element (Pt), that is typically grayish white, non-corroding, ductile and malleable, and which can be beaten into leaves, although not as thin as gold leaf. It is used with, or in lieu of, gold leaf in decorating bookbindings. It is suitable for the best work and, being thicker than gold leaf, is easier to handle.

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