1. The outside surface of the upper or lower cover
of a bound book. 2. The paper, cloth, or other
material used of the sides of a book. 3. The half
of cowhide, either in full weight or as split.
Cowhides are frequently cut in half down the
backbone for ease of handling, so that they may be
hung in the tanning pits without being folded etc.
4. The left- or right-hand of a piece of movable
type when the printing surface is uppermost and
facing the viewer. The front is the belly and rear
the back. (102 , 156 , 363 )