Glossary

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Half title

A page that precedes the title page and the text, with the title (often abbreviated) usually centred on the page.

Danish: Smudstitel
Dutch: Franse titel, voortitel
French: Faux-titre
German: Schmutztitel
Italian: Occhiello, occhietto
Spanish: Anteportada
Swedish: Smutstitel

Headband

Band of silk or cotton affixed to signatures when bound for strength or, more often, decoration of the spine.

French: Headband
German: Kapitalband

Hinge

The inside portion of the flexible area where book cover meets the book spine; often used interchangeably with the term joint, which should be used to designate the outside or exterior portion of the “hinge”. A volume that has received heavy or rough use often has cracked or broken hinges.

Danish: Fals (på bogbind)
Dutch: Scharnier (-versterking)
French: Charnière
German: Gelenk (innen)
Italian: Cerniera
Spanish: Charnela, bisagra
Swedish: Fals (på bokpärm)

Holograph

Anything handwritten entirely by the writer; i.e. a letter written entirely in the handwriting of the correspondent is a holograph of that person.