Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books
A Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology

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wrapping bands

An early form of the clasp. In its earliest form, which was on Coptic bindings, it consisted of a strap attached to the fore edge of the upper cover and wound around the book over the fore edge several times. with the end, which was fitted with an ornamental piece of bone. being tucked between the strap and the lower cover. Another strap was similarly wrapped around the head and tail. See also: CLASPS . (236 )

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