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

w.a.f.

With all faults, indicates a book or other item which is being offered without careful delineation of its condition or without careful collation; usually indicates a less than "very good" copy,...

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Wafer

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Wartime paper stock

Cheap, highly acidic paper made during World War Two. In order to conserve materials, publishers were encouraged not only to make books smaller, but also to use materials of lesser quality....

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Waste sheet

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Watermarks

John Carter about watermarks: "A distinguishing mark or device incorporated in the wire mesh of the tray in which the pulp settles during the process of papermaking, and visible in the finished...

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Whipstitching

To sew a book's leaves by passing the thread over and over the spine; often seen in early pamphlets.

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Width

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With arms

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Wood Engraving

A process somewhat similar to the wood cut in which a design is incised as a series of fine lines . This technique is of later development and is capable of far more detailed effects than the woodcut.

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Woodcut

Illustrations produced when the original printing plate was engraved on a block of wood. One of the oldest methods of printing, dating back to 8th century China.

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Work

What it was to put this glossary together. Also an African-Americana reference volume: A Bibliography of the Negro in Africa and America by Monroe N. Work. A good reference, but it was compiled in...

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Worming

Small hole in the page of a book left by a book worm.

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Worn

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Worn

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Wraparound band

Strip of paper, usually with advertising, reviews, or movie-tie-in information that has been added to the book, often at a later date. A book so accessorized is usually coveted, as the bands were...

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Wrappers

Abbreviated as "wraps", wrappers are the paper covers of a pamphlet, often of a paper of heavier weight than the text paper; when you see "wrappers" you know the item is not a hard bound book, but...

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