Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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skiver ( skiver label )

The outer grain split of a sheep-, lamb-, or (occasionally) goatskin, vegetable-tanned, and usually from 0.25 to 1.0 mm thick. Skivers are finished in a wide variety of colors and embossed grains, as well as with a plain, smooth surface. At one time skiver was used very extensively for labels of many kinds of bindings, e.g., the red and black labels of law books. See also: FLESHER . (164 , 343 , 363 )

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