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PREFERRED TERM
spine tabs  
ENTRY TERMS
  • tab linings
SCOPE NOTE
  • Pieces of thick animal skin, usually alum-tawed, secured to the head or tail of the spine (or occasionally as a continuous strip) by the external tiedowns and which project above the endbands to form a tab. The tabs were trimmed to a variety of profiles and the primary cover was often trimmed to the same shape and sewn to the edge of the tab with decorative sewing. Tabs were a characteristic feature of romanesque bindings and fell out of use in the early thirteenth century.
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http://w3id.org/lob/concept/3041
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