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

Vanity press

Publishers and presses that publish books at the author's own expense.

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Variant

A general term for any observed differences between copies of the same edition (such as in the text, paper, or binding), often used when no clear order of priority has been established.

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Vellum

A type of white leather, most commonly made from calfskin that has been treated, but not tanned, and used for bindings, and in medieval days, used for handwritten documents. Changes in humidity...

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Vellum paper

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Verband der Antiquare Österreichs (VAO) Verband der Antiquare Österreichs (VAO)

The Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association of Austria or Verband der Antiquare Österreichs (VAO), established in 1949, joined the League in the same year. With 37 members and Norbert Donhofer as...

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Verband Deutscher Antiquare (VDA) Verband Deutscher Antiquare (VDA)

The German Antiquarian Booksellers’ Association or Verband Deutscher Antiquare e.V. (VDA) was established in 1949 and was accepted as an ILAB member during the ILAB Congress in Brussels 1951....

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Vereinigung der Buchantiquare und Kupferstichhändler in der Schweiz (VEBUKU) Vereinigung der Buchantiquare und Kupferstichhändler in der Schweiz (VEBUKU)

65 rare book dealers from Switzerland belong to the Vereinigung der Buchantiquare und Kupferstichhändler in der Schweiz (VEBUKU) or Syndicat de la librairie ancienne et du commerce de l'estampe en...

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Verso

The "back" side of a page in a book, that is the page that is on the left-hand side of a book when it is opened. Many people get the terms recto and verso confused, but our favorite was when we...

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Very good

Better than good, but worse than fine or near fine, usually denoting a presentable and attractive, but not especially beautiful example of a book.

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Very rare, exceedingly rare

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Vignette

"(1) A small ornamental or decorative design, used on a title-page or as a head- or tail-piece to a chapter or division of a book. (2) Any illustration not enclosed in a border or squared off at...

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Volume

If a book is published in several parts, these are called "volumes".

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Volume number

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Volume number label

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