GLOSSARY

Advance Copy

Sometimes called Review Copy, this is usually a hardcover copy of the finished book.

AEG

All edges have gilt.

ARC

Advance Reader's copy, sometimes called Advance Proofs, usually in glossy pictorial paperback covers, sent to reviewers and bookstores prior to publication.

Backstrip

The spine of the book

BCE

Book Club edition

BEP

Back endpaper

Blindstamp

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.

Boards

The covers of a book

Deckled edge

Rough, untrimmed page edges which at one time signified handmade paper. Today, most commonly found in book club editions (most notably, Doubleday).

Edges

The side of the paper or the board which can be seen when the book is closed.

Ex-Library

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book, with the usual markings, such as the library stamp, call letters, card pocket; sometimes with 'Discard' or 'Withdrawn' stamped on the front endpaper.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.'

FEP

Front endpaper

Foxed

Discolored spots on a page caused by a chemical reaction in the paper.

Hinge

The inside junction of board and page.

Joint

The outside junction of board and backstrip.

Laid in

Placed in a book; not glued in.

Offset

Accidental transfer of ink from a printed page or illustration to the adjacent page.

Pastedown

That half of the endpaper that lines the inside cover; the other half is the front or back endpaper.

Remainder mark

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.

Shaken

The book is no longer firm in its covers; loose.

Starting

Cracks are starting to appear at the hinges.

TEG

Top edge only has gilt

Tipped in

Anything which has been glued into the book.

Trans

Translator, translated by

Uncut

An untrimmed edge, like a deckled edge.

Unopened

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.'