Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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smooth calf

A smooth, uncolored calfskin, used rather extensively in the latter years of the 19th and early part of the 20th centuries for covering books when the binding was to be marbled, or sprinkled, or just left plain. See also: SMOOTH CALF BINDING ; TREE CALF . (264 )

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