Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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three-quarter binding

1. A binding having one type of material, e.g., vellum or cloth, covering the spine and part of the sides, as well as enlarged corners, and a different material, e.g., paper, covering the remainder of the sides. The material extends almost to the corners on the sides, i.e., much more than in the case of a HALF BINDING . Since it is difficult to imagine that the three-quarter binding was originated to economize on the more expensive covering material (cloth, or even vellum or leather), the three-quarter binding may have been developed simply as a new style. In the eyes of many, it is a style that appears badly proportioned on the sides. 2. In stationery (blankbook) binding, a three-quarter binding is one having a spine of Russia leather, with leather corners extending over the edges, a spring-back and raised bands, tar board sides covered with cloth, and gold lettering on the spine. See also: QUARTER BINDING . (256 )

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