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  1. plural of board

Boards (plural only)

  1. (bookbinding)"The covers of a hard bound book; the boards are the stiff cardboard or paperboard which is usually covered with cloth or leather; and when covered with paper, the covers are properly referred to as "boards". Many pre-1850 books were issued by the publishers bound in boards (paper covered), allowing for an inexpensive binding which could later be replaced with leather by a hand book binder. Early (medieval) manuscript volumes were often bound between two oak boards, hence the probable origin of this term."[1]


Related terms

Materials used to make boards:Binder's board, Wood pulp board, Wooden boards, Scaleboard

Methods of attaching boards: Laced on, Case binding



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 International League of Antiquarian Booksellers. Glossary. Web. 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Macchi, Federico, Livio Macchi, Milena Alessi, Michel Wittock, and Piccarda Quilici. Dizionario Illustrato Della Legatura. Milano: S. Bonnard, 2002. Print.