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Genre and Physical Characteristics Terms
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Painted leather (Binding).
Broader terms:
  • Leather bindings
  • Quarter bindings
  • Half bindings
  • Three-quarter bindings.
Paper bindings (Binding).
Related term:
    Stiffened paper bindings (Binding).
    Wrappers (Binding).
Narrower term:
    Publishers's paper bindings (Binding).
Paper labels (Binding).
Used for printed paper labels affixed to the cover or spine.
Papermakers' embossed stamps.
Related term:
    Stationer's embossed stamps.
Papier-mâché bindings (Binding).

Parables.

Parodies.

Passenger lists.

Paste-overs (Printing).

Pastoral letters.

Patented self-bindings (Binding).

Patterned papers (Paper).
For pattern designs created during the papermaking process.

Perforation stamps (Provenance).

Periodicals -- [state of publ.] -- [city of publ.]
Defined primarily for use in the Serials format. Used in the Books file when a single issue of a periodical has been cataloged as a monograph.

Perpetual calendars.

Personalized bindings (Binding).
Used for bindings bearing the owner's initials, name, or device.

Photographs -- [year of publ].

Photomechanical prints.

Pictorial bindings (Binding).
Used when a complex picture, representative of the text, overwhelms the cover.
Broader terms:
    Printed paper bindings
    Printed stiffened paper bindings
    Printed wrappers
    Publishers' cloth bindings.

Piracies (Publishing).
Related term:
    Forgeries (Printing).

Plaquette stamps (Binding).
Broader term:
    Gold tooled leather.
Playbills.

Plays -- [year of publ.].

Poems -- [year of publ.].

Portfolios.
Graphic materials issued in unbound sets with paper or board covers to contain them. Often have a loose title page and/or text introduction. Refers to both the container and its contents. Included are portfolios which lack original paper or board covers or which were bound after being issued.
Postage stamps.

Prayer books.

Prayers.

Pre-ornamented cloth (Binding).
"Embossed cloth," "Grained cloth," and "Pre-ornamented cloth" are produced by the process of embossing before the cloth is affixed to the boards. In establishing three terms we are attempting to distinguish three varieties of patterns created by the embossing process. "Grained cloth" has a very fine and regular pattern intended to create a texture as much as a visual pattern. "Embossed cloth" has a larger, usually more ornate, pattern and the visual effect predominates over the tactile. "Pre-ornamented cloth," which usually includes a background grain, is distinguished by the use of large, single design motifs on the cover and spine, often incorporating strapwork. For a further discussion of pre-ornamented cloth, which had limited use between 1835 and 1846, see Krupp and Rosner. "Pre-ornamented bookcloth on nineteenth-century cloth case bindings," The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, v. 94, June 2000, p. 176.
Related term:
    Embossed cloth (Binding) -- [year of publ.]
    Grained cloth (Binding) -- [year of publ.]
Broader term:
    Publishers' cloth bindings.

Presentation bindings (Provenance).
Related term:
    Presentation inscriptions (Provenance).

Presentation copies (Provenance).
Narrower term:
    Authors' presentation copies (Provenance).

Presentation inscriptions (Provenance).
Related term:
    Presentation bindings (Provenance).
Press figures (Printing).

Primers (Instructional books) / [year of publ.].

Printed boards (Binding).
Broader term:
    Boards (Binding).

Printed cloth bindings (Binding).
Used for instances of cloth bindings where the cloth has been printed with letterpress text.
Examples: PubSer.H30.(004).1832 PubSer.H30.(006).1830.
Broader term:
    Publishers' cloth bindings.

Printed guard sheets (Printing).
A guard sheet is a leaf inserted in a book to prevent the transfer of ink (and possibly acid substances) from a plate or illustration to a facing page. A printed guard sheet is one bearing printed text, often elucidating the plate or illustration it accompanies.
Printed paper bindings (Binding).

Printed stiffened paper bindings (Binding).
Broader term:
  • Stiffened paper bindings (Binding).

Printed waste (Binding).

Printed wrappers (Binding).
Broader term:
    Wrappers (Binding).

Printers' advertisements -- [state] -- [city].

Printers' copies (Provenance).

Printers' embossed stamps.

Privately published books (Publishing).
Used for books published for private distribution only.

Prize bindings (Binding).
Related term:
    Prize books (Provenance).

Prize books (Provenance).
Related terms:
    Presentation bindings (Provenance).
    Prize bindings (Binding).

Prize essays.

Prize inscriptions (Provenance).

Prize poems.
See also the broader term: Poems--[year of publ.]

Prize stories.

Prize tracts.

Promptbooks.
"An annotated script used by a theater prompter."--Amer. Heritage Dict.
Proofs (Printing).

Prospectuses.

Proverbs.

Psalters -- [year of publ.].
Used for books containing the Psalms, separately printed.

Publishers' advertisements -- [state] -- [city].
See Appendix B: Publishers' and booksellers' advertisements and catalogues for instructions on the use of these terms.

Publishers' catalogues -- [state] -- [city].
See Appendix B: Publishers' and booksellers' advertisements and catalogues for instructions on the use of these terms.

Puppet plays -- [year of publ.].

Puzzles.

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Last updated December 2, 2002