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The bark from the mallet tree, Eucalyptus astringens, is high in tannins and is used on a large scale for leather production. Maletto bark contains 40 to 55% tannins with less than 8% soluble nontans. When used by itself, it produces a dark red leather and it is sometimes mixed with other tannins for softer, fuller leathers.
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- Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982