Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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The operation of reducing the bulk of the entire text block, as opposed to NIPPING (1) . Smashing compacts and consolidates the text block. driving the air from between the leaves. Smashing is particularly important in edition binding because it is essential that the books be of uniform thickness so that the machines, e.g., rounding and backing, casing-in, etc., can be set up just once for the entire run of the edition. (182 , 320 )

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