Impression: In the context of a collector's interest in
the process of printing books, the actual copies printed during any given Press Run.
See Printing, with which it is synonymous,
for additional information. It is also used to reference the run itself.
Imprint: Used as a noun to reference:
the publisher and any publication information given on a title page or in a colophon such as
where and when it was published;
a name under which a general publisher issues a special or distinctive line of books, or continues
to issue books after acquiring another publisher who used that name. Amistad Press, an imprint of
Harper-Collins, publishes works by and about people of African descent. It also uses the
William Morrow imprint, a publisher founded in 1926 it acquired in 1999; and
printed material from a specific location or period of time, e.g. an auction lot of early 19th century
Inscribed: An Author inscribes a book adding extra lines above or below
the signature, presenting the book to a particular person.
Also referred to as Presentation Copy.
Issue: Created when a publisher intentionally decides
to create differences (other than those requiring changes in the plates or typesetting) among the books
produced during the first printing. Perhaps the publisher wishes to give customers a choice of bindings,
type of paper, or even format. If the first printing is without
States, then issues become the focus for
determining Priority. Sometimes one
issue can be determined to have priority over another (e.g. if the printer kept a record indicating
the printing order) in which case one can identify a book as a first issue. More often, no priority
can be established and the various issues are simply called
Issue points: Changes, often small, between issued copies of a book.
Noted especially by Collectors who generally prefer the earliest issue of a book. For example a correction in
spelling or change in page numbering.
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