Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One of the outer blank leaves of a book that are pasted down on the cover.
“Name stamp to the front paste-down, else very good in lightly worn pictorial dust wrapper. 1 pound 11 ounces = 783 grams.”
“When both paste-down papers are trimmed to size, one of them is well pasted with thin paste in which there are no lumps, with a piece of waste paper under it to protect the book.”
“Then with dividers mark two points an eighth of an inch from the back for the fold, and paste your paste-down paper, B B, up to these points (see fig. 19, II).”
“All rubbing down must be done through paper, or the "paste-down" will be soiled or made shiny.”
“One of the paste-down papers is then stretched over the board and rubbed down in the joint, and the amount to be cut off to make it fit into the space left by the turn-in of the leather is marked on it with dividers, measuring from the edge of the board.”
“A cutting tin is then placed on the book, the paste-down paper turned over it, and the edges trimmed off to the divider points with a knife and straight-edge, leaving small pieces to cover the ends of the joint (fig. 117, A, c).”
“When the paste is dry, fold back the sheet (A1) over the paste-down paper, and”
“For the ends a folded piece of thin vellum may replace the paste-down paper.”
“For most books a self-coloured paper of good quality answers well for the paste-down sheets.”
“Neat owner's name in ink on front paste-down (hidden under jacket flap, a bit of tanning to endpapers, small cross within a circle lightly inked in gold at bottom of spine panel (the why and significance of this symbol placed here is unknown to us, else a fine copy in fine dust jacket with touch of wear along bottom edge of front panel.”
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