Deckle-edge

The rough edge on an untrimmed sheet of hand-made paper. The deckle is the frame on a paper-making mold. Often found in older books and manuscripts whose leaves have not been cut or trimmed. It may also be spelled without the hyphen.


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Geoffrey Ashall Glaister. Encyclopedia of the Book, 2nd ed. (New Castle, DE: Oak Knoll Press; London: The British Library, 1996).