Hinging In Plates or Illustration Pages

Not these plates!

Plates (illustration pages) can be attached to a text block in several ways.

Some plates are printed on folded sheets that are sewn into the text block as part of a signature. Other plates are printed on shiny, stiff paper, then tipped onto the page with glue. As the original glue dries up, the plate can separate from the text and fall out of the book.

Plates can be replaced by re-tipping them to the page or reattached by creating a Japanese tissue hinge between the plate and the text block page.
Use the technique for hinging in a text page to hinge a plate into a book.

Check the original placement of the plate on the page as some plates are smaller than the pages of the book and are often centered on the page.
If the plate was originally tipped in along the side (usually the left side of the plate) it can be reattached along that edge or along the top edge of the plate.
Hinging from the top edge of the plate gives more support to a heavy plate.

Re-attaching Illustrations and Plates

Not these plates!

Plates are illustrations that are printed separately from the text of a book.
Many plates are smaller than the text block page and are attached to a page of a text block by tipping them in along one edge.

This is common even in books with sewn text blocks because plates are often printed on coated paper that is heavier than the paper used to print the text block. When the original glue dries up, the plate separates from the text and falls out of the book.
The best way to tip a plate back into a book is to apply glue to the edge of a plate using the second technique outlined in the previous post – Reattaching a Text Page.

It can sometimes be a better choice to use the Hinging-In an Illustration or Plate outlined in a separate post.