Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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wave marble ( wave nonpareil marble )

A marble pattern consisting of colors drawn into an undulating form, with the points of each row meeting each other. The colors-red, yellow, blue, and green-are dropped on the size, over which the marbler beats a small quantity of white. The colors are then raked with a double rake (one having teeth 3 or 4 inches apart, those of the rear rake being adjusted so as to be exactly in the center of the spaces of the forward rake, and about 1 1/2 inches behind it). The rake is then drawn through the colors in a manner similar to that used in executing the NONPAREIL MARBLE , i.e., from left to right. The raking is done with an undulating or see-saw motion, but only enough to make the top of the last wave touch the bottom of the first, thus producing a uniformity over the entire sheet and giving the pattern the appearance of squares. (241 )

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