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half binding

noun, Bookbinding.
a type of book binding consisting of a leather binding on the spine and, sometimes, the corners, with paper or cloth sides.
Also called half leather.
Origin of half binding
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • half binding, when the leather covers the back and only part of the sides, a book is said to be half bound.

  • Full leather is much more expensive than half binding, though not doubly so.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford

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