Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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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 ).

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