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Re: Methuen Silmarillion - Blue Leather or Leatherette?

Subject: Re: Methuen Silmarillion - Blue Leather or Leatherette?
by Findegil on 2010/12/20 18:14:23

Although I can't be absolutely certain, I believe the material to be genuine leather, mainly from the way it creases at the folds - at least on my and Christina's copy. Artificial leather creases more like cloth or heavy paper. Of course you can't tell from the 'grain', which was probably embossed on a smooth leather after it had been through a splitting machine to make it thin - and yes, this is very thin, nothing like best quality.

I've seen the term 'publisher's leather' once or twice, but can't find it in any of my glossaries of binding terms. The technical term here is probably 'skiver', i.e. thin split leather. 'Publisher's leather' is analogous to 'publisher's cloth', i.e. to indicate the material in which the book was issued by the publisher.

Wayne