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Vocabulary in the Bindings Image Collection



There is wide variation in English-language descriptive terminology for book structure, bindings and tooling. Regularizing term usage in this database is an ongoing project.

 

The following vocabulary is not a comprehensive list, but is intended as a starting point for basic keyword searches against the Folger Bindings Image Collection.

 

Note that in most cases adding an asterisk (*) at the end of a keyword search will help retrieve plurals or other variations in word endings.


Where possible, RBMS Binding Terms also have been applied.



The New Testament of ovr Lord Iesvs Christ. Bound with: The Whole booke of Psalmes. London, ca. 1610

Structural terms:

Back cover
Board
Board edge
Boss
Bottom edge
Catch plate
Center plate
Clasp
Cord
Corner plate
Covers [when back cover - spine - front cover are in one photo]
Dos-à-dos
Endband
Flyleaf / Flyleaves
Fore-edge
Front cover
Glover's waste
Guard
Hasp
Headband
Headcap
Hook / Hooked
Inlay / Inlaid
Laced / Lacing
Lined / Lining
Long stitch
Onlay / Onlaid
Paste paper
Pasteboard
Pastedown
Printer's waste
Raised band
Reback / Rebacked / Rebacking
Recycled
Rivet
Sewing / Sewn
Spine
Stab stitching
Strap plate
Tailband
Tailcap
Text block
Tie
Title page
Top edge
Turn-in
Yapp


 

Decorative elements and covering terms:

Alum-tawed
Anemone
Anthemion
Armorial
Blind tooled
Calf
Chamfered
Clematis
Coat of arms
Cranze
Davenport
Double line
Doublure
Embroidery / Embroidered
Fillet
Finial
Fleur-de-lis
Fleuron

Floret
Floriated
Furniture
Gauffered / Gauffering
Gilt / Gilding
Goat
Grangerized
Grolier
Line
Lozenge
Marbled
Panel
Pig
Pin-dot
Pointille
Quatrefoil
Rhombus
Russia
Scroll
Sheep
Speckled
Splatter
Tool / tooled / tooling
Trefoil
Vellum
Velvet
Vine
Volute

 


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