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Dollar sign, denoting ‘all the signatures’; used in collational formulas with a figure indicating number of signed leaves per gathering in a book.
bibliographical description

bibliographical description  

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The description and analysis of the physical characteristics of books. It uses an agreed form of notation, intended to distinguish between issues and variants of an edition, to explain and ...
catchword

catchword  

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Catchwords have been used in manuscripts since early medieval times and were later adopted as useful devices also by printers, English printed books commonly bearing them from about 1500 to ...
collating sheets

collating sheets  

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The first step in the binding process for a printed book; the sheets are gathered and checked by their signature sequence, to ensure completeness and correct order. See also gathering.[...]
collational formula

collational formula  

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A formulaic note of all the gatherings, individual leaves, and cancels as they appear in the ideal copy of a book, intended to show how the volume was constructed and ...
compositorial analysis

compositorial analysis  

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The painstaking comparison of spelling, punctuation, and spacing practices may reveal patterns, enabling scholars to distinguish the individual habits of those setting the type for a book. Such ...
dating

dating  

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It is possible approximately to date some undated MSS by the handwriting (to within a quarter of a century), by the style of illustration (see 16) or decoration (the latter ...
direction line

direction line  

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Line beneath the text at the foot of a page, containing the catchword and, where relevant, a signature and/or press figure.
fingerprint

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Collective name for various means employed to catalogue hand-press books in order to identify variant issues or states as belonging to the same edition or, alternatively, to separate apparently ...
gathering

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A gathering, or quire, in a manuscript or printed book is a discrete group of leaves, a series of which units sewn together makes up the volume. A gathering results ...
hand-stamped

hand-stamped  

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‘Hand-stamped’, or simply ‘stamped’, means that the mark, device, or text in question has been applied to the document not by writing, but by means of a stamp: i.e. by ...
music publishing

music publishing  

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By the 1780s, numbers of music publishers and printers were competing in the growing market led by the middle-class demand for cheap music. Interest in music-making was spurred on by ...
proof copy

proof copy  

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A set of page proofs, bound together to form a book. Originally this was done in order to check the signatures and register in advance of publication. Although it was ...
quire

quire  

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A twentieth part of a ream of paper. Since ream sizes typically varied between 480 and 520 sheets, this normally indicates 25 sheets.
register

register  

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Sometimes applied to the series of signatures in a printed book, but more properly, the list of the signatures, usually preceding the colophon, included as an instruction to the binder. ...
skeleton forme

skeleton forme  

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A forme from which the type for the text block has been removed. It contains items that show up on the printed page (headlines, rules, ornaments, and signatures) and others ...
tablet

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1 Small slab or panel set into or attached to a wall or other large mass, often framed, and carrying an inscription, usually commemorative.2 Horizontal capping or coping. See also tabling.

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