Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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sawing in

The process of sawing grooves across the spine of the gathered sections of a book for reception of the cords used in sewing a book on recessed (sawn-in) cords. "Sawing-in" was introduced as part of the search for economical binding processes which began as early as the 16th century. Centuries later, in combination with the HOLLOW BACK , it was to have a significant effect on the future of craft binding. See also:RECESSED-CORD SEWING .

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