Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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top of the hide

The finest grade of leather used for the covering of a book. Literally, it means the area of the skin on the top, i.e., the back of the animal. This seldom used expression is somewhat inaccurate in that, although the hest part of a hide or skin is located on the back. the very best is found in the butt area of the back. (164 )

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