The process of putting a heightened shine on the surface of a material by rubbing it with a smooth stone or metal tool. This may be done to a covering skin, usually leather, by a variety of means, including polishing with a hot iron with or without a prior coating of egg-glaire and plating between polished plates. Paper, especially that used in the area of the eastern Mediterranean, was often polished with a smooth stone as a preparation for writing, and the cut edges of bookblocks were almost always polished with one of a variety of materials, including stone, metal and the teeth of horses.
bearbeiding av et materiale for å gjøre overflaten glatt, jevn og blank
Scope note source reference
Roberts, Matt, Don Etherington, and Margaret R. Brown. 1982. Bookbinding and the conservation of books: a dictionary of descriptive terminology. Washington: Library of Congress.