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

Obituary

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Oblong

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Oblong

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Oblong shape format

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OCLC

An abbreviation for a worldwide online database that gathers information about the locations and holdings of specific titles in libraries. When it was founded in 1967 it stood for the Ohio College...

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Octavo

A technical term used to indicate how many times a single printed page has been folded to make a gathering in a book. However, in modern usage it indicates the size of a modern novel, that is,...

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Offprint

An excerpt of a larger publication which has been printed and bound separately for promotional purposes. For example, publishers will print and bound a chapter of a book to send to booksellers or...

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Offset

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Offset

"The accidental transfer of ink from a printed page or illustration to an adjacent page. This may be caused either from the sheets having been folded, or the book bound, before the ink was properly...

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Old

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Old Prints

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On approval

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Original boards Original boards

In the original binding from the book's publisher, as opposed to in contemporary binding (from the same time period but not from the publisher) or rebound.

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Ornamental initial

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Out-of-print

No longer available from the publisher (o.p. or op).

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Out-of-series

Unnumbered editions from a numbered limited edition series. They are considered "extra copies" of the edition, are usually not signed, and are not considered part of the limited edition series.

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Outside margin

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Owner's stamp

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