Definition of term:: Presentation

  • A book which has been presented in some manner – by the author, publisher, your old Aunt Fanny, or anyone else, and that can be demonstrated to have been done so through an inscription, author’s or publisher’s complimentary slip, or whatever else. Some special copies of books are issued in “presentation” bindings, which are special editions that somehow announce that fact.
French: Presentation
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources