General Comments on Book Condition
We will make every effort to provide you with the finest copies of books and prints available. However, the vast majority of our stock was "previously owned" and as such, it frequently bears a previous owners name inscribed on the inside end papers with or without a bookplate. In addition, there may be minor signs of use such as minor edge bumping, or small tears in the dust jackets (dj). These common conditions of normal wear will generally not be described. However, rest assured, that any other imperfections will be accurately noted in the item description as outlined just below.
Near the end of each book listing you will find a short-hand entry for the book condition and the dust jacket condition. Thus, vg/g means - a very good copy of the book with a good copy of the dust jacket. Additional descriptive items associated with the book follow this entry.
All dj's are under transparent Mylar dust covers to protect them from further damage.
Glossary of terms and abbreviations
New New from publisher or distributor
As new As New but previously in private ownership but no sign of use
VG Very Good - only normal wear noted
G as Very Good with a noted addition imperfection
rc Reading Copy not for the collector but contents all there unless noted otherwise
dj Issued dust jacket
ip In Print with publication date and publisher's list price stated
op This edition is Out of Print today
1st Ed First Edition based upon information available to this dealer
1st EdS Stated First Edition
8vo - 7.75" to 9.75" tall
4to - 9.75" to 12" tall
Folio - greater than 12" tall
feg full edge guilt
teg top edge guilt
bc A book club edition
pb paper back
exlib Former library copy with usual library stamps - sometimes withdrawn stamp or "other mischief" on inside covers or title page
R Remainder mark, usually on bottom edge of book
Scarce (hard to find) Just that, I have only seen one or two copies in my years of collecting and dealing
Rare I have never seen this book before and have only seen it listed by others once or twice in 20 years
Covers The type of the cover will be described as cloth, boards, leather, ¾ leather or as appropriate
Common imperfections that we will note will include, but are not limited to - bumping, where the book was dropped and the cover edges or spine and sometimes the pages have been "dented" or turned; the issued dj is missing; spine torn or ripped; spine broken; edges stained; paper clip marks; dog-eared pages; underlining of margin notes in text; plates or maps missing or damaged; page foxing or browning; hinges cracked; any noted book repairs; and anything else unusual that we think you should know prior to purchase. Print condition will include any noted stains, fading, tears and related imperfections.