Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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rabbit back

A text block that has been rounded and backed in such a manner that, instead of forming the arc of approximately one-third of a circle, the spine is peaked in the center and slopes steeply to the shoulders. The "rabbit back" is generally a result of improper rounding and backing procedures, too much swell in the spine because of added bulk of the sewing thread, or loose sewing. See also: HOG'S BACK (1) . (97 )

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