Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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white spot

A technique used in coloring the edges of a book. Drops of melted wax are spattered on the edges, which are then colored in the usual manner. When the wax is removed, the edges appear to be colored with white spots. The pattern may be varied by using two or three colors, or by sprinkling the edges before the wax is applied and then again after it is removed. (241 )

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