How to Describe Rare Books, Manuscripts, Autographs, Maps, Prints, Atlases, First Editions, Illustrated Books - Glossary in English

a.e.g. a.e.g.

All edges gilt, gilt applied to top edge, bottom edge & foreedge of the volume (see also g.t. and a.e.m.).

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a.e.m. a.e.m.

All edges marbled, marbling applied to top edge, bottom edge & foreedge of volume (see also a.e.g. and g.t.).

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Abridgment

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Acetate

A clear plastic, sometimes used by publishers as a dustjacket. Acetate can be printed on, so modern publishers sometimes incorporate designs on an acetate jacket that complement the design of the...

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Added

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Additional leaf (not paginated)

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Adhesive binding

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ADS

Autograph document signed

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Advance copy Advance copy

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Advance Reading Copy (ARC)

A pre-publication state of the book, often a wrappered issue with the artwork intended for use with the published book, so that it looks like a paperback version. Advance Reading Copies are often...

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Advance Review Copy Advance Review Copy

A pre-publication state of the finished book, usually with supplemental material such as a review slip, a letter from the publisher, or a photograph of the author laid-in. Advance Review Copies,...

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Advance sheets

The unbound sheets of a new book, often galleys, distributed prior to publication.

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Advertisements Advertisements

Many books & pamphlets, especially of the 19th century contained ads, especially ones advertising others books by the same publisher,often located at the back of the volume, following the text pages.

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Affixed

Adhered in some way by glue, tape, or some other method of adhesion. Sometimes that which is affixed can be unfixed, but it isn't always wise to do so.

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Afterword, epilogue

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Age-toned

A natural tanning or darkening of certain types of paper which occurs over long periods of exposure to air or ambient light. Some books, by nature of their construction, are always seen with some...

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Ahearn

One of two book collecting guides written by Allen and Patricia Ahearn. The most recent editions are Book Collecting 2000 and Collected Books: The Guide to Values. The first is an excellent...

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Aldine Aldine

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All Edges Gilt All Edges Gilt

The binder has trimmed and gilded the three exposed sides of the text block (that is, the top edge, fore edge, and bottom edge). Abbreviated as a.e.g.

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All published

The book or set is complete as is, and any additional parts or volumes were never published.

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Almanac

"A kalendar, usually in pocket-book (more rarely sheet) form, augmented with Saints’ days, fair-dates and astronomical and meteorological data; a bestseller from the start and protected by...

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ALS

Autograph Letter Signed, meaning (unless other qualifiers are given) that the entire letter is written out by hand by the author and signed.

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American Book Prices Current American Book Prices Current

Sometimes abbreviated as ABPC. A long-running guide, now available on CD-ROM, of auction prices realized (hammer prices, without the buyer premium) for most major book auctions. Like any other...

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Anagram

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Analects

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Annotated

Including critical and explanatory notes.

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Annotation, note

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Annotator

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Anonymus

"There is the formal anonymity of a book whose author, though his name is not on it, is known (e.g. Gulliver’s Travels, The Vicar of Wakefield or Sense and Sensibility). For the cataloguing of...

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ANS

Autograph note signed

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Antedated

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Anthology

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Antiphonary

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Antiquarian Bookseller Antiquarian Bookseller

“The lines of demarcation between ‘rare books’, ‘old books’ and ‘second-hand books’ have never been, and can never be, clearly defined. The same applies to most of those who deal in...

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Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA) Antiquarian Booksellers' Association (ABA)

Founded in 1906 and the oldest organisation of its kind in the world, the Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association is the senior trade body for dealers in antiquarian and rare books,...

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Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA) Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America (ABAA)

The Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of America is the American organization that represents the rare book trade. It consists of approximately 475 members and their firms, and counts among...

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Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada / Association de la Librairie Ancienne du Canada (ABAC) Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada / Association de la Librairie Ancienne du Canada (ABAC)

Established in 1966, the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Canada (ABAC) or Association de la Librairie Ancienne du Canada (ALAC) became an ILAB member in 1970. Eric Waschke serves as current...

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Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan (ABAJ) Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan (ABAJ)

30 rare booksellers from Tokyo, Kyoto, Sapporo, Osaka and Kumamoto are organized in the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Japan (ABAJ) that was founded in November 1964 and joined the League...

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Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Korea (ABAK)

26 Korean antiquarian booksellers established the Antiquarian Booksellers' Association of Korea (ABAK) in 1989. During the 30th ILAB Congress in Tokyo they were formally admitted as the 18th ILAB...

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Appendix

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Apud

Latin expression for "printed by". More commonly used to denote the bookseller/publisher for whom the work was printed.

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Aquatint

An etching method widely used in late-Eighteenth and early-Nineteenth century illustrated books, frequently colored by hand after printing.

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Armorial bearing

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Arms

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As new

Popular term for a fine and fresh copy, but often an inadequate condition term. New books are sent to bookstores in cartons but often sustain a fair amount of rubbing in the cartons before they are...

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As usual

A term used to describe normal defects related to ex library books, i.e., endpapers removed, pockets & library stamps.

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Associação Brasileira de Liveiros Antiquarios (ABLA)

Eight rare booksellers from Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo belong to the Associação Brasileira de Livreiros Antiquários (ABLA), whose president is Ana Maria Bocayuva de Miranda Jordão. The ABLA...

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Association Association

An inscription in a book, usually authorial, that indicates that a personal relationship exists between the inscriber and the recipient, providing insight into the book or author, and subsequently...

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Association copy

A book or pamphlet that has some indication of having belonged to the author or someone closely associated with them.

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Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia (AILA) Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia (AILA)

The Asociación Ibéria de Librerias Anticuarias (AILA) was founded in Barcelona in 1990 and became an ILAB member in 1993. Gonzalo Fernandez Pontes leads the AILA and its 56 booksellers as current...

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Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia (ALAI) Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia (ALAI)

120 antiquarian booksellers belong to the Associazione Librai Antiquari d'Italia (ALAI). It was established in 1947 and joined the ILAB a year later. Current president Umberto Pregliasco organizes...

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Atlas (geographical) Atlas (geographical)

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Atlas (volume of plates)

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Author

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Authors edition

Book authorized by author, usually foreign editions, around the turn of the last century when many titles were pirated or "unauthorized".

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Autobiography

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Autography

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Autopsie

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