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Glassine is a thin, semi-translucent material used by some publishers to cover and protect a book. The material is delicate and easily damaged. These are usually, though not always, unprinted. Some are embossed with a spider web pattern and called Webbed Glassine

The example shown is on a book dating from 1937. As the image shows, this wrapper is chipped and wrinkled with losses along the edges. It is also somewhat toned and brittle.

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