Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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trimmed in the square

The most common method of cutting a sewn book, in which the edges are trimmed before the book is rounded. In cutting the head and tail, the spine of the book is placed in the cutter against the guide so as to avoid breaking pieces out of the folds. If there is much sewing swell in the spine, it may be necessary to build under the clamp of the cutter to compensate for the swell, otherwise the book may slip under the clamp because of the shearing action of the guillotine knife. Cf: TRIMMED IN THE ROUND . (339 )

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