Bible paper

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A very thin, opaque paper that is often used for printing bibles. Bible paper was produced in England starting in the 18th century from pulp made with rags and Hemp. It was initially called Oxford India because it was similar to the thin, lightweight paper made in China and imported to Europe by the Dutch East India Company. Bible paper has a basis weight of 20 pounds with approximately 1000 pages to an inch. It is used for printing thin paper editions such as bibles, encyclopedias, and reference books.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Oxford India; India paper; Oxford bible; Cambridge bible; India bible

Resources and Citations

  • Boise Cascade Paper Group, The Paper Handbook, Boise Cascade, Portland OR, 1989
  • The Dictionary of Paper, American Paper Institute, New York, Fourth Edition, 1980
  • E.J.LaBarre, Dictionary and Encyclopedia of Paper and Paper-making, Swets & Zeitlinger, Amsterdam, 1969
  • Ralph Mayer, A Dictionary of Art Terms and Techniques, Harper and Row Publishers, New York, 1969 (also 1945 printing)
  • Matt Roberts, Don Etherington, Bookbinding and the Conservation of Books: a Dictionary of Descriptive Terminology, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington DC, 1982
  • Roy Perkinson, contributed information, 1998