Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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quick-set inks

PRINTING INKS containing thin mineral oil and varnish. The thin oil is quickly absorbed into the paper during printing, while the pigment and varnish remain on the surface of the paper, thus allowing the sheets to be handled sooner than if regular linseed oil-based inks were used. Since the final setting time of the varnish is increased, the surface of the sheets remain more receptive to subsequent printings, as in multi-color printing. (140 )

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