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A method of binding booklets, magazines, or pamphlets by folding wraps and leaves into a single gathering and stapling through the fold of the gather. The wire staples pass through all leaves and are clinched in the gutter of the central leaf. 

Staples that have slightly oxidized and are no longer bright as new, are said to have acquired a patina. Saddle stapling can be impermanent, as repeated handling can pull the staples through the wraps and unplated staples can rust. See Staples, Rusted.

The first image shows two staples through the spine of a small booklet. The second image shows the staples clinched in the gutter of the central leaf.

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