Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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That characteristic of a material, such as paper, which permits high quality printing, and which, though not capable of precise definition, is generally judged visually in terms of uniformity of color of the printed areas, uniformity of ink transfer, quality of "black on white," and rate of ink setting and drying. In paper, hardness, smoothness, opacity, color, and pick resistance are some characteristics which lend themselves to good printability. (17 , 139 )

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