Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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reconstructed binding

A now virtually obsolete form of library binding applied to a pre-library bound book, in which the volume is removed from its case, resewn, and then placed back into the original case. In general, a reconstructed binding may be either a rebinding or a first binding, depending on whether the book is received in a hard cover, or in a self-cover or gathering. The purpose of this type of binding supposedly was to provide the book with a form of sewing (oversewing) that was stronger than the original, thus enabling the book to withstand more circulations. (102 , 164 )

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