Origin of half-bound
Examples from the Web for half-bound
She had a book in each hand; they were half-bound volumes with marble covers!The Ontario High School Reader|A.E. Marty
Leather pieces pasted on the corners of a half-bound or three-quarter-bound book.Notes on Bookbinding for Libraries|John Cotton Dana
A small folio, half-bound in red morocco, stamped with King Louis Philippe's monogram.The Tales Of The Heptameron, Vol. V. (of V.)|Margaret, Queen Of Navarre
Slade shouldered past the half-bound Carmena and came to stare gloatingly down at Lennon.Bloom of Cactus|Robert Ames Bennet
Books forwarded in boards, and finished with leather backs and corners, are said to be half-bound.