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  1. In cataloging, the physical description area of a bibliographic record.
  2. In binding, a list of the signatures of a book which indicates the number of leaves in each.
  3. The act of placing parts of an item in order, as in collated copies.
  4. To determine, usually by detailed examination of signatures, leaves, and illustrations, if a copy of a book is complete and perfect, and to compare it with descriptions of perfect copies listed in bibliographies. Also, to compare page by page, and line for line, to determine if two books are identical copies, or variants of the same text. In binding, to check the sections of a book for correct sequence after gathering.
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