Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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raised bands

The cords or thongs on which the sections of a book are sewn. The cords, of which there are traditionally five (but which historically have varied from two to as many as fourteen) are seen as ridges across the spine of the covered book. Raised bands have long been associated with the best of fine hand binding and the TIGHT BACK . False raised bands. which are generally glued to the hollow of the spine, are sometimes used to give the impression of FLEXIBLE SEWING . Such books are generally sewn on sawn-in cords. (236 )

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