Definition of term:: 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 books easier to dust off. Often condition on books that have been gilded is at least partly determined by how much or little the gilding has tarnished or rubbed.
Danish: Forgyldt
Dutch: Verguld
French: Doré
German: Vergoldet
Italian: Dorato
Spanish: Dorado
Swedish: Guldornament
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources