Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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surface papers

Decorative endpapers, colored on one side only subsequent to the manufacture of the paper. They were produced in several (usually drab) colors and some were glazed. Endpapers of this type were in common use by the 1820s, generally with the drab colors predominating, although clear yellow papers of varying shades were also produced later on in the century. The endpapers were used in publishers' cloth and leather bindings, as well as in miscellaneous bindings of cloth and leather. The color was applied to the paper in pigment form, which imparted a somewhat artificial effect, unlike the vegetable-stained, surface-colored papers which preceded them. Crudely pigmented surface papers were used in the later 18th century, but only rarely. This type of paper is never found on the sides of half-bindings because it was too easily stained by grease; however, it was used for the covers of inexpensive "yellowback" books of the 19th century. The darker colors, especially brown, mauve, and black, were often used for devotional books. Also called "coated papers." (236 )

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