Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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publisher's decorated wrappers

Cover wrappers, generally decorated with a woodcut, and usually produced on the same paper as the text. These covers appear to have been issued by the publisher as a means of making unbound books more attractive to the customer, and were intended simply to advertise the book, not to serve as a permanent or usable binding. As such, they seem to have been an experiment by several competitive Augsburg printers, the earliest examples being issued by Schonsperger in 1482. (347 )

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