Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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wire sewing

A 19th century method of "sewing" the sections of a book through the folds and onto tapes, webbings, or muslin, by means of wire staples. This method of "sewing," which originated in Germany in about 1880, while strong, fell into disuse because of the development of edition (thread) sewing machines, and also because the staples rusted and disintegrated and the books came apart. See also: SADDLE STITCHING . (25 )

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