Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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A light, tough leather of very fine quality and distinctive appearance, with excellent wearing qualities, produced from the skins of various species of seals. It may be finished with its own delicate grain pattern and lustrous surface, or with a bold grain produced by a combination of embossing and boarding. While customarily black it is also produced in colors. Although its use as a covering material for books goes back hundreds of years, it is little used today because of the declining number of seals, and the excessive oiliness of the skin. See also:FLESHER ; PIN SEAL (1) . (83 , 295 )

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