Thank you everybody for the responses re: binding description. 
The information most of you have mentioned is the way we describe bindings at Eton too. However, I found that with the schoolbooks, which have quite simple and often very used bindings, there is not much to describe in terms of decoration, colour and the like. You can quite often see the structure though, e.g. material for sewing supports, the actual number of sewing supports as opposed to the number of raised bands, boards' material. I personally find these bindings more interesting than the gold tooled fancy ones, as they allow for a 'Pickwoadian' approach. 
As to the terms to describe bindings Ligatus 'Language of bindings' project has been going on for some time now, but as far as I can tell there are no usable results yet?


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I would like to add that the CILIP RBSCG have published helpful guidelines concerning cataloguing binding and provenance information:


On 15/04/2015 14:20, Matthew Baalham wrote:
> I would like to just pick up on Anna Vlasova's question about binding description. Over the past four years I have been building on the work of a previous librarian in cataloguing Longleat's collections from scratch. In terms of binding description, I was heavily influenced therefore by the precedents already set in the existing catalogue. I therefore include the following information in what I regard as a fairly full description, where appropriate.
> Date
> Material
> Colour
> Tooling (blind, gilt, stamps, rolls, fillets, etc.) Spine label with 
> text of any lettering transcribed Decoration of textblock (marbled, 
> sprinkled, etc.) Decoration of pastedowns Markers and fore-edge tabs.
> 'Furniture' etc.
> Notes on any obvious repairs (eg. rebacks)
> Think that's it.
> Matthew

Erika Delbecque BA MA MCLIP
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