Definition of term:: Paper covers


  • Paper covers
    Describes a book not bound in stiff paper covers. Can refer to a temporary binding, a booklet or pamphlet, or a book in early (1800s) wrappers. Paperbacks: "Books bound in wrappers, plain or printed, are found within the 15th century, and became increasingly common from the later 18th century.The famous tauchnitz series was primarily bound in such wrappers, while the invention of cheap wood-pulp paper led to other series of books in more or less striking printed covers, many of them qualifying as ‘pulp fiction’. Albert and Charles Boni had a series of paperbacks in the 1920s, and John Holroyd-Reece ’s ‘Albatross’ books were distinguished typographically from the Tauchnitz series which they eventually swallowed. But Allen Lane deserves the credit for inventing (with André Maurois’ Ariel 1935, the first Penguin) the modern paperback. While first generation Penguins were a monument of elegant (and within limits durable) book production, other paperbacks present considerable problems to the collector who wishes to preserve his books (see gutta-percha, paper, perfect, preservation)." (Carter, ABC for Book Collectors)
French: Broché
German: Originalumschlag
Swedish: Omslag
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources
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