Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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table book

1. An elaborately decorated edition of a book, often covered in velvet or silk, and intended for display on a drawing room table. This type of binding was popular in the 19th century. Its 20th century equivalent is the "coffee table" book, usually a large illustrated art book. 2. An ancient writing book consisting of wax-covered tablets of metal, ivory or wood fastened together at the back by rings or leather thongs. The writing was done with a stylus. See also: DIPTYCH . 3. An obsolete name for a notebook. (156 , 203 , 310 )

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