Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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right side

The so-called correct side of a sheet of paper. It is the wire (mold) side in a handmade paper, and the upper (felt) side of a machine-made paper. In both, it is the side from which the WATERMARK is read correctly. Printers often have to know which side of the paper is the "right side" because of differences in surface, as well as the undesirable effect of using sheets laid one way with those laid another way in the same publication. Flat papers are usually packed with the right side uppermost, while, if folded, the right side is outermost. In blue and azure papers, the right side is usually darker in color than the reverse side.

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