Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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wholesale trade binding

1. A term synonymous with TRADE BINDING (1) in the 18th and 19th centuries. 2. A term sometimes associated in England in the first half of the 19th century with bindings of wholesale booksellers, especially those who catered to the provincial and foreign book trade. The booksellers brought new books in sheets and had them bound independently of the publishers. This type of binding was prevalent before the introduction of modern EDITION BINDING (1825-30), It was most prevalent in the field of fiction, and because it continued to satisfy the demand of distributors of the novel, such publications were the last type of book, at least those published in large editions, to be bound in publisher's cloth. This was essentially the reason why equal numbers of boarded and half-cloth books of fiction were issued in wholesalers' as well as in publishers' bindings between 1820 and at least 1845. Similar (printed) labels were applied to each and it was usually very difficult to distinguish between them. (69 )

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