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  • adj. (of books) having a sturdy and attractive binding


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  • It may comprise some or all of these things, but you could have the world's best-edited, most beautiful, well-bound book in the world, and without a strategy for getting it into the hands of readers, all it's good for is insulating the attic.

    March 2009

  • They might be finely bound in cloth or leather, tooled, and otherwise decorated to become the small, well-bound book you describe.

    A request for information | The Blog of Michael R. Eades, M.D.

  • A rolled-up poster or map is well-bound by rubber.

    Heard by a Bird

  • It goes on and on, saving every caricature and stereotype, one well-bound volume at a time, and this has been a very real fantasy for years.

    Bookshop Memories | Miette's Bedtime Story Podcast

  • Engravings on the wall; a cabinet with china and other small objects; a small book-case with well-bound books.

    A Doll's House

  • The house was dismantled; the rich furniture and effects, the awful chandeliers and dreary blank mirrors packed away and hidden, the rich rosewood drawing-room suite was muffled in straw, the carpets were rolled up and corded, the small select library of well-bound books was stowed into two wine-chests, and the whole paraphernalia rolled away in several enormous vans to the Pantechnicon, where they were to lie until

    Vanity Fair

  • Fairoaks a set of prize-books begilt with the college arms, and so big, well-bound, and magnificent, that these ladies thought there had been no such prize ever given in a college before as this of

    The History of Pendennis

  • To one of them, a brand – new, well-bound one, they gave such a stroke that they knocked the guts out of it and scattered the leaves about.

    Don Quixote

  • She knew her breath was being wrenched out of her as he made the longer, stronger pull on the well-bound ends of the piano wire.

    Bottled Spider

  • Cresswell-White's room in chambers was designed to impress: hung with brass chandeliers, lined with bookshelves holding well-bound legal volumes, and heated by a fireplace in which even now was burning a gas fire with a realistic arrangement of artificial coals.

    A Traitor to Memory


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