One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Soft, absorbent paper, originally imported from China and used for proofs of engravings.
- ‘The impressions were priced at twenty dollars for an artist's proof, ten dollars for India paper proofs, and five dollars for plain proofs.’
- 1.1 Very thin, tough, opaque printing paper, used especially for Bibles.
- ‘In its early days some books were printed on India paper, which was so fine that some volumes were reduced to half their original size.’
- ‘We all called it that, rather than The Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, because it was published by The Chemical Rubber Publishing Company and printed on thin India paper, like a bible.’
- ‘Settling down with my book, the one-volume, 1969 India paper edition, I read or skimmed for an hour or so.’
- ‘The French honor their writers by publishing them whole in good typography on India paper, meticulously edited and annotated, in Gallimard's Bibliothèque de la Pléiade.’
India paper/ˈindēə ˌpāpər/
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