tying up

The bookbinding process of wrapping cord tightly around a book held between specially shaped boards, the cords running over the spine on either side of the raised bands, over the boards, and under the fore edge of the book, for the purpose of making the covering adhere securely to the boards. May refer also for the process of wrapping cord from head to tail at the spine of a book in order to pinch the headcaps.

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