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  • adj. removed from a bound volume
  • v. To extend beyond its normal bounds


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  • The notebook was disbound, probably around 1916, and while there's no physical evidence that these leaves came at the end of the notebook, "On Life" grew out of an early passage from the lengthier treatise.

    Carolyn Vega: Percy Bysshe Shelley "On Life"

  • We were privileged viewers; the luxurious Books of Hours with their lavish illuminations had been disbound, so we could see almost every page, reveling in jewel-like color and entrancing detail, while the individualized Mourners, temporarily removed from the tomb for which they were made, could be seen in the round.

    Matisse Conquers Two Continents

  • There were several available pretty cheaply because they were disbound.

    For Phil | clusterflock

  • More than a broadsheet but smaller than a book, these were single subject discussions, occasionally issued as a series, that could be bound or disbound as required.

    The Creation of Color in Eighteenth-Century Europe

  • (The inner margins of the New York World displayed in the review article would be lost in the gutter if filmed without being disbound.)

    'Scare Tactics'

  • I have also refrained from buying disbound plates for the same reason.

    FACT - Freedom Against Censorship Thailand

  • The oldest thing I might have had–if I had sprung for it–would’ve been a late 17th century disbound copy of an Otway play.

    For Phil | clusterflock


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  • A book that was once bound but has been removed from or has lost its binding

    February 20, 2007