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

Uncorrected Proof

A proof that is uncorrected, which is probably why they call it that. The text of a book printed, and bound in softcovers for use by the author, editors, proofreaders, and favored reviewers. Often...

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Uncut

"Uncut is probably the most overworked word in the cataloguer’s vocabulary", John Carter writes. "And it has come to exert a mesmeric – and not entirely healthy – effect on the novice...

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Underlined

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Uniform

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Unnumbered

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Unopened

A book with signatures which have never been cut as opposed to untrimmed and uneven (see "Uncut"); unopened books retain the folds of the original gathering and contain many pages which cannot be...

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