Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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spine

1. The collective fold-areas sections of a gathered book after sewing. Sometimes called "back." 2. That part of the covering material of a book which covers the folds of the sections of a book and which is the part usually visible as it stands on the shelf. It generally bears the title, author, name of the publisher (when an edition binding), and (in a library) frequently a location (classification) number, or a symbol of some kind. Also called "back," "backbone," or "shelfback." (69 , 173 )




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