Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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starched edges

Decorative book edges produced by the use of colored starch (paste), which is sprinkled on the edges in very fine drops. When the starch is dry a darker color is sprinkled on. and, when that is dry, the starch paste is brushed off. Blue-gray (mixed with the paste) and dark brown were the colors commonly used for this decoration. Unsized book paper was best for this technique because it permitted absorption of the paste and color. When sized papers were used, the colors did not adhere.well and often ran together unless the edge was first treated with gall water. (151 )

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