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  • n. A bookbinding technique in which decorations to the cover of a book are made by making impressions into the surface with a variety of heated tools.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. in bookbinding and leather work, the indented impression of heated tools, without gilding; -- called also blank tooling, and blind blocking.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In bookbinding, an effect produced by various instruments upon the leather without the assistance of gold-leaf.


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  • A method of decorating a book in which impressions are made in the covering material (usually leather) using heated tools, pallets, rolls, fillets, or combinations of one or more of these. As the name implies, blind tooling doesn't entail the use of leaf metal, foil, or other coloring materials, although carbon is sometimes used to darken the impressions.

    November 7, 2007