Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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waste sheet

1. A sheet of paper tipped to the outside over the permanent endpaper to prevent it from becoming damaged or soiled during the binding of the book. Special instructions on binding the book may also be written on this sheet. Originally, the waste sheet was printed with an abbreviated title so that the publication could be identified. The so-called printed waste sheet is known as the half-title paper and is always found in books of any pretension to high quality. 2. An old term for the advertisements, blurbs, etc., at the front and back of some publications. 3. Sheets of paper used in press makeready and register, or the spoiled sheets resulting from errors in printing and binding. (69 , 94 )

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