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Overall Book Condition

As New - To be used only when the book is in the same immaculate condition to which it was published. There can be no defects.
Fine (F) - Approaches the condition of As New, but without being crisp. For the use of the term Fine, there must also be no defects.
Very Good (VG) - Describes a book that does show some small signs of wear. Any defects must be noted.
Good (G) - Describes the average used worn book that has all pages or leaves present. Any defects must be noted.
Fair - Worn book that has complete text pages (including those with maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title, etc. (which must be noted). Binding, jacket (if any), etc., may also be worn. All defects must be noted.
Poor - Describes a book that is sufficiently worn, to the point that its only merit is as a Reading Copy because it does have the complete text, which must be legible. Any missing maps or plates should still be noted. This copy may be soiled, scuffed, stained or spotted and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, etc.

The above condition statements will be applied to the book and the dust jacket individually. The terms are recognised to be very subjective in their use, which is why we attempt to be diligent in the listing of any defects.


4to - Quarto. A book approximately 11 to 13 inches tall.
8vo - Octavo. A book of about 5 inches wide and 8 inches tall to about 6 by 6 inches.
12mo- Duodecimo. A book approximately seven to eight inches tall.
16mo - Sextodecimo.A small book, approximately 4 inches wide and 6 inches tall.
aeg - All Edges Gilt.
App - Appendix.
ARC - Advanced Reading Copy.
bds - Boards.
bibl - Bibliography.
Bkpl - Bookplate.
b/w - Black and white; usually describes illustrations, photographs, etc.
c.- Circa.
cl- Cloth.
dec - Decorated. Often refers to binding, as in dec. cl.
dj - Dust Jacket.
dw - Dust Wrapper.
ed - Edited, Edition, Editor.
ep - End Papers.
e.g. - Example.
ex lib - Ex-Library.
F - Fine, as in Book Condition.
fol - Folio.
ffep - Front free end paper.
fpd - Front pastedown.
G - Good, as in Book Condition.
ge - Gilt Edges.
gt - Gilt
htp - Half title page, bastard title page, fly title page.
hvtb - Hors Texte, versos blank.
I - Index.
Ill, Ills, Illus. - Illustrations, Illustrated.
insc - Inscription, Inscribed.
l, ll - Leaf.
lp - Large-paper edition.
ms, mss - Manuscript.
nd - No Date.
no, nos, # - Number.
np - No Place.
op - Out-of-Print.
orig - Original; as in original binding.
pb, ppr - Paperback.
pbo - Paperback Original.
pc - Price-clipped.
pl, pls - Plates.
POD - Print on Demand.
pos - Prior owner signature.
pp - pages.
Prefs - Preface.
pub - Publisher or published.
rem - Remainder.
rfep - Rear free end paper.
rm - Remainder Marks.
rpd - Rear pastedown.
ser - Series.
teg - Top Edge Gilt.
tp - Title Page.
tpi - Title Page Index.
unpag - Unpaginated.
vol - Volume.
VG - Very Good, as in Book Condition.
wr, wrs - Wrappers.

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