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Back (third-person singular simple present Backs, present participle Backing, simple past and past participle Backed)

  1. "The process of shaping a ridge or shoulder on each side of the spine of a text block prior to the application of the spine lining material"[1]
Zaehnsdorf, Joseph W. The Art of Bookbinding: A Practical Treatise. London: G. Bell & Sons, 1880. Online resource

For the term that means the lamination of two different materials together, see Lining, Lamination, or Laminate.

Related terms

Translations for "back"

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Back (plural Backs) (present participle of the verb, 'to back')


Related terms

backing boards, rounding

Translations for "backing"

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  1. Roberts, Don., et al. Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books : a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology. Library of Congress : For Sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 1982.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Macchi, Federico, Livio Macchi, Milena Alessi, Michel Wittock, and Piccarda Quilici. Dizionario Illustrato Della Legatura. Milano: S. Bonnard, 2002. Print.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Crespo Nogueira, Carmen, ed. ICA Handbooks Series : Glossary of Basic Archival and Library Conservation Terms : English with Equivalents in Spanish, German, Italian, French and Russian. Munchen, DEU: K. G. Saur, 2010. ProQuest ebrary. Web.