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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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Glossary V
Vanity Press: A printing house which produces books solely at an author's expense. The term tends to have the pejorative implication that an author's vanity must far exceed his/her talent to need to bear the cost of having his/her book published. While this may true in many cases, there are less vain reasons for this arrangement as mentioned under Privately Printed. Vanity printing houses do not market, distribute, or otherwise act as publishers, and the authors retain all ownership rights in the books so printed.
Variants: Books ( Issues) that a publisher intends to create which differ in one or more features from others in the same Press Run, but between which no Priority can be established. Features creating different issues are exemplified by differences in bindings, paper quality, endpapers, or a title stamped on one cover in gilt and red on another, etc. See also First Edition.
Verso: The left-hand (back) side of a leaf in a bound book. Also called the Reverse.
Vigesimo-quarto (24mo): A book size designating a book up to 5 3/4" tall. Abbreviation 24mo. See Book Sizes and Formats Figure 2.
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