Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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Describes a thin book, pamphlet, periodical issue, or similar thin publication, secured with wire staples. Wire stitching (stapling) in lieu of thread sewing was introduced by publishers in about 1880. Unless bronzed, or otherwise treated, the staples tend to rust. While inadequate for securing the leaves or sections of larger books and/ or books of quality, they are probably adequate for many pamphlets (if rust resistant), and are in fact used extensively for securing the leaves of many periodical issues. (69 )

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