Glossary

Please find following a glossary of terms used in the catalogue entries on our web site. Please let us know if there are any words that you think we ought to add.

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Gauffered edges

A pattern tooled on gilt edges of book.

French: Tranches ciselées
German: ziselierter Schnitt

Gilt

Gold decoration or lettering applied to a binding or page edge. Gilding the top edge was desired not only because it looks attractive, but also because it makes the books easier to dust off. 

Danish: Forgyldt
Dutch: Verguld
French: Doré
German: Vergoldet
Italian: Dorato
Spanish: Dorado
Swedish: Guldornament

Gutter

The inner margin of the leaves of a bound book; adjacent inner margins of facing pages when book is open.

French: Marges intérieures