Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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rope pattern

A form of decoration introduced into Italy from the Near East in the 15th century. It consisted of an interlaced, or reticulated, design, usually of a very intricate nature, formed by a narrow fillet, and decorated with a series of oblique lines, in imitation of the twist of a rope. The rope pattern continued to be used frequently in the gauffering of book edges during the first 30 years of the 16th century, and was used from time to time into the 19th century. The technique was probably an Oriental innovation. Also called "cable pattern." (172 , 347 )

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