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

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Table, index

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Tail

The bottom of the spine, also called the foot, of either the book or jacket

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Tail piece

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Tail-piece, endpiece

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Taille-douce

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Tanning

Darkening to paper and inks, often from exposure to sunlight, but sometimes resulting simply from prolonged exposure to ambient light. Books kept on a shelf for several decades will usually exhibit...

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Tarnished

Darkening of gilt lettering and decoration through oxidation over time.

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Temporary binding

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Tender

When the binding is loosening.

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Text woodcut

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Textblock

The rectangular accumulation of paper that constitute the pages inside a book. The textblock, after being tarted out with a binding, would constitute your garden-variety book.

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The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB)

The Australian and New Zealand Association of Antiquarian Booksellers (ANZAAB) was founded in 1977 and belongs to the League since 1978. The ANZAAB has 62 members today. Its President is Peter...

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Thesis

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Thesis, dissertation

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Thongs

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Three quarter binding Three quarter binding

Volume has leather spine and corners which occupy approx. 3/4 of the space along top edge of board (cover). The remainder of the board is covered with marbled paper, plain paper, cloth, different...

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Thumb index

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Thus

As in "first edition thus," usually a reissue but with some new material that we hope some collector out there will care about. Sometimes the new material is illustrations, or a new introduction,...

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Tidemark

A line on paper caused by its interaction with water. Increased global warming may result in more of this, especially if you live at the shore. Differs from a stain in that tidemark connotes a...

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Ties

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Tinted

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Tipped-in

Attached to, but not integral to the binding of the book. We usually use this term to indicate something that has been added: a letter from the author, a newspaper or magazine review or obituary,...

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Tissue guard

A leaf of light, usually translucent tissue paper bound or laid over a plate or illustration to protect it and prevent off-setting to adjoining leaves. Almost invariable the plate doesn’t offset...

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Title engraving (engraved title)

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Title Page

The page where the full title, author, and other information appears, usually including the publisher, place of publication, and date. Information on the title page might constitute an issue point,...

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Title vignette

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TLS

Abbreviation for "Typed Letter Signed," which is a letter that has been typed, but has been hand-signed by its author.

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To publish

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Tool, stamp

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Tooling

The decoration of leather bindings.

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Top edge, head of a page

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Topedge and Top Edge Gilt

The flat surface that is created at the top of the textblock by the accumulated edges of the pages of a book. Sometimes called the "top edge," the space denoting a pause, during which the...

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Torn out

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Touch of

Some form of wear that is slight but worthy of mention, as in "fine, with a touch of rubbing" – just a tad, a trifle, a pinch, a soupcon, (whose got a Roget's?).

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Tracing

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Trade edition

The edition of a book intended for the public, such as would be sold in bookstores, as opposed to a limited edition, uncorrected proof, etc., which are intended for a more limited audience.

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Trade paperback

When the cloth-bound trade edition is issued by the same publisher, sometimes simultaneously, but bound in wrappers. Because the same sheets are used, such issues are often quite larger than...

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True first

The correct first edition of a book, from its original country of origin. The term is most often used when the earliest edition is not obvious, or when copies most often offered in the book trade...

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Type, character

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Typescript

A generic term meaning a manuscript that has been typed with a typewriter, as opposed to handwritten, printed, mimeographed, computer generated, etc.

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Typographer

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