an integral step in bookbinding case-bound books. A folded pair of papers attached to the first and last signatures of a book and pasted to the inside covers. Endpapers add to binding strength. Self-endpapers are a type of endpaper which uses the text pages.
A sheet, half of which is pasted over the inside front and back covers of a casebound book and half of which is left free to form the first leaf of the book. It may be left blank or printed with maps, reference tables, or whatever is desired.
(endsheets). The leaves added by the binder at the beginning and end of a book. Simple endpapers are those with conjugate pastedown and flyleaf (or conjugate flyleaves) sewn to the sewing supports. Stub endpapers may or may not have conjugate pastedown and flyleaves; their identifying characteristic is a folded edge that is wrapped around the initial (or final) gatherings of a textblock.
(EP) The double leaves added to the book by the binder that become the pastedowns and free endpapers inside the front and rear covers. These pages are an integral part of the construction of a book, holding the text block and case together. The lack of them drastically shortens the value and life of a book.
The sheets of paper (two or more) which come between the cover and the sewn sections. Part of the binding construction, they comprise, at their most basic, a board paper, also referred to as a pastedown (which is usually coloured and which serves to counteract the warp of the boards caused by the covering material) and a free fly leaf, which protects the first or last pages of text.