Raised bands refer to the ridges that protrude slightly from the spine on leather bound books. The bands are created in the binding process, and show the structure of cord-bound books. On modern books bound by machines, these bands are sometimes introduced artificially to heighten the air of dignity on a newer edition.
Interestingly, in the past book binders sometimes tried to eliminate the bands using a technique called sunken cord, In this method the cords would be stitched into channels to produce a smoother, unridged spine.
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