Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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secondary binding

A second or subsequent binding of a publication. Although the term may also be applied to hand or library bindings, it is used principally with reference to different times of edition binding. When a publisher does not know how many copies of an edition will be sold, and does not want to assume the cost of binding and inventorying copies which may not sell, he may have copies bound in segments, and, as this may spread the binding of the full edition over a period of time, the different bindings may vary because of changes in cloth color, spine lettering, etc. The practice of deferred binding was more prevalent, and the periods of time much longer, in the 19th century than today, as edition binding is now very highly mechanized and standardized. A REMAINDER BINDING is not a secondary binding. (69 , 140 )

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