Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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puering

A process now included with BATING . Formerly, it consisted of the treatment of unhaired skins with solutions of fermented dog dung in a heated infusion, the purpose being to effect the removal of certain undesirable constituents and to further prepare the skins for tanning. Puering was a faster and more powerful method than bating because of the greater strength of the puering liquor, but for this very reason it was also potentially more dangerous. (363 )




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