|Sometimes called Review Copy, this is usually a hardcover copy of the finished book.|
All edges have gilt.
Advance Reader's copy, sometimes called Advance Proofs, usually in glossy pictorial paperback covers, sent to reviewers and bookstores prior to publication.
The spine of the book
Book Club edition
A plain impression without addition of gilt or color. A small blindstamp on the bottom edge of the back board indicates a Book Club edition.
The covers of a book
Rough, untrimmed page edges which at one time signified handmade paper. Today, most commonly found in book club editions (most notably, Doubleday).
The side of the paper or the board which can be seen when the book is closed.
Discarded circulating library book, with the usual markings, such as the library stamp, call letters, card pocket; sometimes with 'Discard' or 'Withdrawn' stamped on the front endpaper. In a book listing, this is sometimes referred to as 'usual library markings.'
Discolored spots on a page caused by a chemical reaction in the paper.
The inside junction of board and page.
The outside junction of board and backstrip.
Placed in a book; not glued in.
Accidental transfer of ink from a printed page or illustration to the adjacent page.
That half of the endpaper that lines the inside cover; the other half is the front or back endpaper.
Usually found on the bottom edge of the book, this is a dot or stripe which indicates the book has been sold for a lower than retail price. Some publishing houses use stamps as remainder marks: a running man (Simon & Schuster), a house (Random House), an open book. But whether subtle or obnoxious, for a collector, a remainder mark will bring the value down.
The book is no longer firm in its covers; loose.
Cracks are starting to appear at the hinges.
Top edge only has gilt
Anything which has been glued into the book.
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An untrimmed edge, like a deckled edge.
The pages have not been severed open. This is usually found in older books, where the pages (leaves) were folded and gathered into signatures. The owner of the book would then take a penknife and carefully slice the pages open for reading. However, what they usually did was to slide a finger and rip it open along the edge. The book listing will sometimes state 'has been poorly opened.'