How to Describe Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Maps, Prints, Atlases, First Editions, Illustrated Books - Glossary in English

Gabler

Refers to the standard reference book about wine books printed in the English language, Wine Into Words: A History and Bibliography of Wine Books in the English Language by James M. Gabler....

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Galley Proof

(Author's Proof). Copies of the book (usually in an inexpensive binding) intended for the author, editors, and proof readers to correct.

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Galuchat

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Gathering

A folded printed sheet of leaves prior to binding; referred to as a signature after binding.

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Gauffered edges Gauffered edges

A pattern tooled on gilt edges of book.

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Gilded

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Gilt Gilt

As in "original cloth gilt" – gold decoration or lettering applied to a binding or page edge. Gilding the top edge was desired not only because it looks attractive, but also because it makes the...

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Gilt top Gilt top

Gilt top, gilt applied to the top edge of the text block (see also g.t.)

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Glassine Glassine

Thin, partially transparent paper product, either printed, or most often not, used as a dustjacket on some books, perhaps most frequently on limited or small press editions.

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Glossary

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Glued

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Gnawed

Refers to the condition of a book; chewed-on edges or corners of a book.

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Go(au)ffered, chiselled (edges)

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Goffered paper

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Gothic type

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Gouge

Refers to the condition of a book; an unintentional nick or hole in the cover of a book, or on its spine. Or in bookbinding, a single-line finishing tool that is used to create either blind or gold...

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Grain

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Grolier binding

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Guilloche

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Gutter

The inner margin of the leaves of a bound book; adjacent inner margins of facing pages when book is open.

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