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

Quarter binding Quarter binding

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...

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Quarter leather

A book with only the spine bound in leather, and the rest of the book in a different material, such as cloth or papercovered boards.

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Quarto

Also abbreviated "4to." When a large printed piece of paper is folded twice to make a gathering of eight pages, but in modern books, used as an indication of size, usually a book that is between...

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Quire

"When used by binders or bibliographers, this is synonymous with a gathering or section. To a paper-maker it means one-twentieth of a ream of paper. It is also used in the trade more generally as a...

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Quod libet

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