Read: duodecimo, or twelvemo refers to the number of times a sheet was folded before being cut to form pages. Book stands about 7 inches tall.
Read: sextodecimo, or sixteenmo, refers to the number of times a sheet was folded before being cut to form pages. Book stands about 6 inches tall. 1st ed.
Read: quarto, refers to the number of times a sheet was folded before being cut to form pages. Book stands about 12 inches tall (the size of an average art book).
Read: octavo, refers to the number of times a sheet was folded before being cut to form pages. Book stands about 8 to 10 inches tall (the size of an average modern novel).
Autograph letter: a handwritten letter, usually by the author, and laid into the book by the previous owner.
Autograph letter: a handwritten letter, signed, usually by the author, and laid into the book.
An advance, prepublication copy of the book sent to reviewers and booksellers, usually bound in pictorial wrappers.
An impressed mark raising a pattern, decoration or lettering in the paper, made by a tool specifically for that reason.
The page following the title page, containing information about the various editions and copyrights.
A stain resulting from light water or liquid damage, usually a shade lighter than the covers.
A title page instead of, or in addition to the printed title page, usually with an elaborate design.
Non-book material of transitory interest, usually pamphlets, programs, broadsides, etc.
A term indicating the book once belonged to a library, often with stamps on the covers, on the text and on the plates.
Refers to the number of times a sheet was folded before being cut to form pages. Book stands about 15 inches tall.
Brown rusty looking spots to the leaves, caused by a chemical reaction, most commonly found in 19th century books.
A decorative band placed into the head (and sometimes foot) of the spine and the leaves.
The part of the book where the cover meets the spine, usually referring to the inside of the book.
Used to denote a book signed, usually by the author or artist, with a note to the recipient
The area of the book where the spine meets the covers, usually referring to the outside of the book.
The transfer of ink from one printed sheet to another, or oxidation from something that was placed in the book.
Whole page illustrations printed on separate paper and usually inserted to the text during binding.
Refers to a book printed by an individual or small group of people, usually not intended for public sale.
A pre publication copy of the book for the use of editors and reviewers, usually bound in plain printed wrappers.
Material (photographs and author bios) provided by the publishers for reviewers and book sellers, often laid into the book.
Spine has been replaced and hinges mended. Sometimes the original spine is saved and pasted over the new material.
When a publisher sells remainders, the bottoms of the books are often marked with a stamp, marker, or spray paint.
A copy of the book given to a reviewer prior to publication and containing a review slip or publication material.
The group of leaves formed from folding a single printed sheet and cutting, groups of signatures are sewn together to form a book.
A box with one open side, usually bound in paper, cloth, or leather that a book slides into for protection.
Refers to a method of inserting plates, leaves, or illustrations, by which each corner is glued down with small amounts of gum, paste or glue.
The page near the beginning of the book bearing the full title, author, editor, and usually publisher, and place of publication. The information on this page is used for cataloging purposes.
The signatures of the book have not been cut and the folds of the original sheet remain intact. Folds must be cut open manually before they can be read.
With all faults. Book is quite damaged, often missing leaves or plates, condition is taken into account when pricing.
Discoloration and sometimes slight wrinkling, bowing or shrinking of the leaves or binding due to exposure to liquid.
The edges of a book bound in paper that extends beyond the text block, often bending around it.
The paper cover placed around most modern books to protect the binding, and showcase the book.
There is no single rule that determines whether a book is "rare." Rare books must be relatively hard to find and have collectable value. Merely being old or out of print does not make a book "rare". There are a variety of factors that make a book collectable. Some books are collected for their binding, while others for the presence of the artist's or author's signature. Often only the first edition of a particular title is collected. Many books are sought because the information or art contained in them cannot be found elsewhere.
These are quality reading copies in good to very good condition. There might be an occasional marking, like a previous owner's name, but no underlining or significant damage to pages or binding.
A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. Dust jacket, if present, will be intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include "From the library of" labels.
An apparently unread copy in wonderful condition. Dust cover,when available, is intact; pages are clean and are not marred by notes or folds of any kind. Suitable for presenting as a gift.