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A reference for Used and Rare Books, Periodicals, and Paper Ephemera courtesy of an International Co-Op of Independent Dealers.
Book Glossary
Terminology used by book publishers, dealers, and collectors.
Information about book conditions, the various parts of books, sizes and formats, and various terms used in the book world.
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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.
Applied Pictorial Cover: See Paste-Down Illustration.
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 originally published.
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 Unauthorized Edition.
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