Definition of term:: Issue

  • Something that (along with "states") will give you a headache. Technically a change in the first edition that has been determined to have occurred after the date of publication. Thus a "first edition, second issue" would constitute a book from the original edition, which has incorporated a correction or change to the text, and which some tireless (or tiresome) scholar thinks he can prove happened after the date of publication. These have to be paid attention to, but these determinations can be fluid as scholarship on a specific title evolves. Issue and state are often confused or used incorrectly.
French: Émission
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources