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In the book trade, a tipped-in page or tipped-in plate is a page that is printed separately from the main text of the book, but attached to the book. The page may be glued onto a regular page or even bound along with the other pages. There are various reasons for tipped-in-pages, including photographic prints and reviews.



A tipped-in page or, if it is an illustration, tipped-in plate, is a page that is printed separately from the main text of the book, but attached to the book. [1] A tipped-in page may be glued onto a regular page, or even bound along with the other pages. It is often printed on a different kind of paper, using a different printing process, and of a different format than a regular page. Tipped-in pages that are glued to a bound page on its inner side may be called paste ins.

Some authors include loose pages inserted into a book as tipped-in, but in this case, it is usually called an insert instead.

Semi-transparent papers called tissue guards were sometimes inserted facing the plate image, to protect the plate, and prevent its ink from transferring onto the opposite page. [2]


Typical uses of tipped-in pages added by the publisher include:

Owners of books may also tip in such items as:


Coffee table art books featuring high quality tipped-in color plates were popular starting in the late 1940s and into the 1980s. [3] [4] [5] Examples include several large series of books on painting published by Editions d'Art Albert Skira, Geneva: e.g. Painting, Color, History (23 volumes 1949–1972); The Great Centuries of Painting (14 volumes 1950–1959); The Taste of Our Time (57 volumes 1953–1972) with "hand-tipped colorplates". [6]

Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York also published many fine art books during this period with tipped-in plates, examples include the 56 volume series The Library of Great Painters published 1959–1985 with each book having ca. 48 "tipped-on colorplates" [7] or "hand-tipped plates in full color". [8]

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