Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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reverse calf

A calfskin finished on the flesh side by light buffering. The skin is used flesh side out. Reverse calf was sometimes used in place of suede leather as a covering material for ledgers and blankbooks during the latter 18th and early 19th centuries. Also called "rough calf." (173 , 325 )

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