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What are Buckrams?

Buckram editions were created primarily for libraries and other situations where books were handled by large numbers of people. These specially reinforced books were much more sturdy than the standard Modern Library editions, and were the only Modern Libraries issued without either a dust jacket, glassine covering, or cardboard case.

Buckrams were published for Modern Library titles in the 1960's, with a few published in 1928 (called Gibralter Bindings).

Almost all the titles in the 1960's catalogs came in buckram editions. Their pebbly texture, spine usually identified with the words "Buckram Reinforced" and the volume number, plus the tan reinforcing strip binding the book block to the cover make these editions easily identifiable.

For a more detailed and illustrated discussion, see Buckram Editions.

For detailed illustrated discussions of binding types, see the Toledano Guide (reviewed elsewhere on ModernLib). For a more limited treatment, see Quick Guide to Regular Binding Styles.

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Scot Kamins

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