Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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A flap on the edge of a book cover designed to be inserted into the edge of the other cover. Its purpose is to keep the covers of the book closed. The extension is usually on the lower cover, and tucks into a slit in the upper. The tuck was a common feature of the bindings of mid-19th century Bibles and prayer books, although it was rarely used for the larger sizes. See also: CLASPS ; WALLET EDGE . (274 )

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