Advanced Reading Copy: A book produced for
reviewers prior to its release on the market. Copies may be in a different format. May or
may not be bound; and if bound, may have the finished cover art or a trial cover.
Advertisements: Many publishers in the 19th and
early 20th centuries placed advertisements in their books for other books they published.
These were usually located at the back of the book where occasionally ads for other related
products may be found. Less frequently, ads for everyday products such as cosmetics, patent
medicines, and the like, appear as Plates
scattered among the text pages.
All Edges Gilt [or Other Color]: Gilt, or another named color,
has been applied to the top, bottom and fore edges of the book.
Apocryphal: A book whose authorship or authenticity is dubious.
As Issued: Generally used to clarify that some component
of a book which is present or might appear to be missing is the state in which the book was
Association Copy: A book for which there is internal
documentation (e.g. a signature or bookplate) that it was owned by the author, someone close to the
author, a person independently deserving notice, someone significantly associated with the content of
or in the creation of the book (the illustrator, cover designer, etc.).
Atlas Folio: A book size designating a book up to 25" tall (seldom seen).
See Book Sizes and Formats Figure 2.
Authorized Edition: In the case of a biography, however, the
expression means the subject of the biography (or his/her family if deceased) has approved publication
of the author's work. See Authors / Author's Edition below.
Authors / Author's Edition: An edition of a title published
with the explicit consent of the author, or whomever holds the legal rights to the work. The designation
is most often found in books issued in the latter part of the 19th century through the turn of the century,
a period during which the works of popular authors were not infrequently published without the permission
of, or payment to the author. The expression only implies that the book in hand is not a "pirated" or