half binding


noun Bookbinding.

a type of book binding consisting of a leather binding on the spine and, sometimes, the corners, with paper or cloth sides.

Origin of half binding

First recorded in 1815–25
Also called half leather.

half leather

noun Bookbinding.

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Examples from the Web for half-leather

Historical Examples of half-leather

  • Cloth must be used for sides of all books bound in half-leather or half-duck.

    Library Bookbinding

    Arthur Low Bailey

  • It was a ledger with a half-leather binding such as storekeepers use for accounts.

  • For the stronger end papers and in half-leather bindings a cloth joint is used.

  • Books bound in half-cloth or half-leather have the sides covered with paper; the latter often with cloth.

  • For leather or half-leather bindings a strip of wrapping paper or thin cardboard is cut.

British Dictionary definitions for half-leather



a type of half-binding in which the backs and corners of a book are bound in leather
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