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A reference for Used and Rare Books, Periodicals, and Paper Ephemera courtesy of an International Co-Op of Independent Dealers.
 
 
 
Book Glossary
 
 
Terminology used by book publishers, dealers, and collectors.
 
Information about book conditions, the various parts of books, sizes and formats, and various terms used in the book world.
 
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Marbled: Paper decorated with a pattern imitating marble. The pattern is achieved by swirling multi-colored, oily inks floating on water. Marbled papers were often used on paper covered boards (particularly those 1/2 or 1/4 bound with leather) and endpapers. The decorative technique can also be found on edges of older books. Real marbled paper was common in the 19th century, but more recent books using this pattern are most often lithographic imitations detectable by their comparable lack of color depth and intensity.
 
Margin: Any one of the 4 spaces between the edges of a book's page & its printed content: text, illustrations, figures, charts, ... whatever.
 
Misbound: A book in which the Signatures were sewn together in an improper order.
 
 
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