From the FAQ:

What is "Limp Croft Leather?"

Boni-Liveright advertised this term to describe the imitation leather bindings they used on Modern Library issues (1917-1925). The bindings, which came in green, brown, red, and dark blue, were textured to look like real leather. They were also treated with cod liver oil to make them slightly shiney and to feel a bit like leather.

In 1925 the Federal Trade Commission stepped in and said "Limp Croft Leather" couldn't be used in advertising unless it was made clear that the leather wasn't leather at all. The term was dropped.

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.

Contributors to this FAQ answer include:

Scot Kamins Barry Neavill John Krygier

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