Definition of term:: Quarter binding
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Usually lacks leather corners and leather of the spine occupies only approx. 1/4 of the top edge.Binding copy: a book lacking the original binding or with a binding in poor condition, i.e. a book in need of a new binding - can also be referred to as a reading copy.
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources