rough cut ( rough edges )
The edges of a book that are left rough
intentionally in cutting, i.e., the opposite of CUT SOLID (1) .
During a part of the 19th century rough cutting
was the fashion, but more as a matter of
affectation than to indicate PROOF (1) . The edges
of books are cut solid to facilitate turning of
the leaves, for aesthetics, and to reduce the
incursion of dust. Also called "rough trimmed."
See also: DECKLE
EDGE . (256 ).