Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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publisher's cloth

The cloth used as the covering material for edition bindings. The use of cloth has been widespread in edition binding since about 1850. Originally introduced as a novel alternative to paper-covered boards and, like them, looked upon as only a temporary covering (the purchaser having the book bound in leather according to his own needs), its possibilities as a "permanent" covering material became apparent by the early 1830s. Although many collectors continued to have their books bound in leather, this practice has steadily diminished over the years. (69 , 299 )

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