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Free spirits : spiritualism, Republicanism, and radicalism in the Civil War era

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Author: Lause, Mark A., author.
Published: Urbana : University of Illinois Press, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

Glaciovolcanism on Earth and Mars : products, processes, and palaeoenvironmental significance

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Author: Smellie, J. L.
Published: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

Green parties in Europe

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Author: Haute, Emilie van.
Published: Farnham, Surrey, England : Ashgate Publishing Company, [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Labor conflict and capitalist hegemony in Argentina : the case of the automobile industry, 1990-2007

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Published: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Language-learner computer interactions : theory, methodology and CALL applications

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Published: Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Publishing Company, [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Liturgy in the twenty-first century : contemporary issues and perspectives

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Published: London ; New York : Bloomsbury T&T Clark, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

Louis Bamberger : department store innovator and philanthropist

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Author: Forgosh, Linda B., author.
Published: Waltham, Massachusetts : Brandeis University Press, [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Making global value chains work for development

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Author: Taglioni, Daria, author.
Published: Washington, DC : World Bank [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Memory, fluid identity, and the politics of remembering : the representations of the Chinese Cultural Revolution in English-speaking countries

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Author: Li, Li, 1957 July 21- author.
Published: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Multiscreen UX design : developing for a multitude of devices

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Author: Nagel, Wolfram, author.
Published: Waltham, MA, USA : Morgan Kaufmann is an imprint of Elsevier, [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Muslim women of the Fergana Valley : a 19th-century ethnography from Central Asia

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Author: Nalivkin, V. P. (Vladimir Petrovich), 1852-1918, author.
Published: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

The Netflix effect : technology and entertainment in the 21st century

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Published: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Academic, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing Inc, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

News media and the neoliberal privatization of education

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Tue, 2016-07-19 00:00

Published: Charlotte, NC : Information Age Publishing, Inc., [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Evidence in Book Edges

Preservation Underground - Mon, 2016-07-18 20:32

The treatment and decoration of book edges vary greatly depending upon the time period or style of binding. The edges of a textblock can sometimes reveal information about how the book was assembled or used over the years. I came across an example of this the other day in a 16th century printed volume with this small tear and flap of paper.

Proof

It appears that this little piece was torn and folded back before the edges of the textblock were trimmed down. When unfolded, you can get an idea of how much of the sheet was cut off that edge by the bookbinder’s plow.

There are a number of reasons why a binder might  trim the edges of a textblock. For one, the edges of a sheet of handmade paper naturally have a kind of feathery undulation to them from the wooden mold used to make the sheet. These are known as a deckle edge and the image below illustrates the difference between a cut edge (left) and the natural edge (bottom) on a piece of modern handmade paper.

decklededge

When a number of deckle edges are assembled together in a binding, they form a very rough, uneven textblock edge. This can allow dust to filter into the textblock and can’t be elaborately decorated like this example of a gauffered edge.

Decorated

Book collectors may prefer a deckle edge on a binding, however, because it demonstrates that the paper has not been overly trimmed. Sometimes one will find just a few uncut edges within the textblock. This can be an example of what is called “proof” or “witness” (Zaehnsdorf, 1900, p. 178), demonstrating that the edges have been trimmed as little as possible to achieve the smooth textblock edge.

I’ve noticed that most of the modern hardback case bindings we are acquiring for our circulating collection come with an untrimmed fore-edge. It does imitate the deckle edge of older books, but I suspect that its popularity is primarily driven by cost-cutting measures from printers, rather than aesthetic reasons.

UntrimmedEdge

Unfortunately, it was historically common practice to re-trim the edges of a texblock during rebinding. Books that have been rebound many times may be significantly smaller with no remaining margin or even some missing text, like this poor bound serial.

Overtrimmed

I should close with the disclaimer that no book edges are harmed as part of our modern conservation efforts. The treatment of an edge can tell us a great deal about how a book was prepared or repaired, so we make every effort not to alter or obscure that evidence through repairs or treatment.

Etherington, D. , & Roberts, M. (1982). Bookbinding and the conservation of books : a dictionary of descriptive terminology. Washington, D.C.: U.S. G.P.O.

Zaehnsdorf, J. W. (1900). The art of bookbinding. A practical treatise. London: G. Bell and Sons.

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"Nos ancêtres les Thraces" [electronic resource] : usages idéologiques de l'Antiquité en Europe du Sud-Est

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Sun, 2016-07-17 00:00

Author: Marinov, Tchavdar.
Published: Paris : L'Harmattan, [2016]

Currently held at: DUKE

Advances and clinical practice in pyrosequencing [electronic resource]

Endeca eBooks Last Week - Sun, 2016-07-17 00:00

Published: New York ; Heidelberg : Humana Press, 2016.

Currently held at: DUKE

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