Glossary of Printing Terms:
Tight Back

The book that is bound very tight with an inflexible spine, almost to a fault because when it opens, the pages will not lie flat by themselves.

However, as the book becomes well used, the binding will eventually loosen.

The use of the tight back declined dramatically after about 1820, except by fine binders who often used it along with false raised bands.

Also known as fast back.

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