Hand Bookbindings: Edge Decoration

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"When the sewing is
completed, and before or after the boards are attached, the textblock edges are
often trimmed. Sometimes only the top edge is trimmed, but often the tail and
fore-edges are trimmed as well. Trimming creates a smooth surface that invites all
kinds of decorative possibilities for binders. Books have not always been
shelved with their spines facing out. Titling or shelf-marking may occur on the
trimmed head, tail, or fore edge of the textblock, and may be an indication of
past shelving practices in some libraries. Here is a sampling of different
types of edge decoration, ranging from the quickest and least expensive to the
lavish and time-consuming."

Hand Bookbindings: Edge Decoration

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