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

Ecrasé (leather)

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Edfiying literature

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Edges

"Unless specifically qualified (e.g. gilt tops), this refers to the three outer edges of the leaves (top, fore-edge and tail), which may be uncut (or cut), trimmed, gilt, gauffred, sprinkled,...

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Editio princeps

"Latin for first edition. Purists restrict the use of the term to the first printed edition of a work which was in circulation in manuscript before printing was invented. It is common usage for any...

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Edition

"Strictly speaking, an edition comprises all copies of a book printed at any time or times from one setting-up of type without substantial change (including copies printed from stereotype,...

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Edition de luxe Edition de luxe

An edition of a book that has been specially printed and bound for its fine appearance. Sometimes refers to limited editions with special leather or decorated cloth bindings.

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Effaced, erased

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Elephant's skin

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Else

"Other than," for instance "else fine" after noting some flaws. One distinguished bookseller claims that citing flaws and then calling a book "else fine" is akin to calling a girl pretty, "except...

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Elzevier Elzevier

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Emblemata

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Embossed

Embossed ought to mean getting a promotion at work, but it doesn't. It's a raised decoration on a binding or paper made by stamping the design into the material.

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Embossed leather Embossed leather

A leather which has been printed with a raised design.

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Encyclopaedia

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End paper

Paper, often of coated stock or marbled paper or otherwise "fancy" paper, with one half pasted to the cover; used primarily to give a finished appearance to the binding.

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Envoi

An envoi is a short stanza at the end of a poem used either to address an imagined or actual person or to comment on the preceding body of the poem.

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Ephemera

Those bits of throwaway paper of every day life (e.g.: advertising, ticket stubs, programs, some booklets and pamphlets, etc.)

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Erosion

Loss to paper or cloth caused by any number of reasons, but usually some instance of slow and steady wear, as opposed to a more violent species of damage like chipping or tearing. Erosion usually...

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Erotica

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Errata

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Errate slip

A usually small piece of paper either laid into, or affixed into the text that indicates errors in the printed text, and the intended corrections, in order that the reader won't call up the author...

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Etching

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Evangeliary

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Ex-dono

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Ex-library

Legitimately removed (discarded/deaccessioned) from an institutional library, such as a public library, university library, historical society, etc. Often has catalog numbers inked or painted on...

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Exlibris

A label usually made of paper or leather that is affixed to the front pastedown to denote ownership by an individual or a library. These can range from tasteful and elegantly designed, occasionally...

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Explicit

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Extra-illustrated

Usually a volume made into a unique copy with additional illustrations, autographs, or manuscripts added by carefully gluing or tipping-in this extra material.

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Extract

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