Tipped-in page

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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:

  • color illustrations, generally printed using a different process (e.g. intaglio or lithography) and on different paper
  • an author's signature, signed on a blank or preprinted page, before the book is bound
  • original photographic prints
  • maps, often larger than the book format and folded to fit
  • coupons, advertisements, or reply cards
  • errata sheets, only produced after the printing run
  • a short addendum
  • a replacement for a missing, damaged, or incorrectly printed page

Owners of books may also tip in such items as:

  • a letter from the author
  • a review


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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  2. ^ "Turning the Page: Illustrated Frontmatter". What the Victorians Made of Romanticism. Princeton University Press. 2018. pp. 72–86. doi:10.1515/9781400887897-009. ISBN 9781400887897. S2CID 227626782.
  3. ^ "Art: Perfectionist". Time. 1950-05-29. ISSN 0040-781X. Archived from the original on 2019-08-19. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  4. ^ Corisande Evesque. Albert Skira et ses livres d'art (1948-1973) Archived 2019-05-14 at the Wayback Machine. Histoire. 2015. ffdumas-01256888
  5. ^ "Harry N. Abrams, Inc. | Encyclopedia.com". www.encyclopedia.com. Archived from the original on 27 September 2019. Retrieved 27 September 2019.
  6. ^ Courthion, P. (1956) Montmartre, volume 16 of The Taste of Our Time. Editions d'Art Albert Skira, Geneva. 143 pp
  7. ^ Courthion, P. (1968) Seurat, The Library of Great Painters. Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers. New York, 160 pp.
  8. ^ Valcanover, F.; Pignatti, T. (1985). Tintoretto, The Library of Great Painters. New York, N.Y., USA: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers. p. 168. ISBN 0-8109-1650-9.
  • Glossary of the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers, s.v. tipped-in