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Term:
Raised Bands
Definition:
Raised Bands - On a book, the cords or thongs on which the sections of a book are sewn. The cords, of which there are traditionally five (but not always) are seen as bands (ridges or ribs) across the spine of the covered book. Raised bands have long been associated with the best of fine hand binding or hand-finished binding.

False raised bands are sometimes used to embellish, add distinction or ornament an important book/journal or particular volume. These decorations can involve a great deal of handcrafting and add considerable value nonetheless.

Between the raised bands are valleys where panels are sometimes installed. Panels often decorative and sometimes wildly embellishing are commonly used to mark or otherwise label the journal or volume often as an aid for identification in a volume, library, series and/or collection. Common elements of identification can include author, title and owner of the book and may include lettering, color coding, tick marks, gilt decorations or colored leather labels. Sometimes decorations or labels are placed directly on the spine without a substrate device or panel. Use of a panel can greatly facilitate future marking changes and when properly executed extend the life of the spine. This can be done when the book is bound or rebound or custom crafted and installed later. If the crafting and installation is harmonious in context with the style, materials and craft of the original book or volume then this installation does become a valuable part of the book or volume an does in deed add to the value (if not the value could be greatly decreased -- possibly permanently damaging the volume).
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