Definition of term:: Offprint

  • An excerpt of a larger publication which has been printed and bound separately for promotional purposes. For example, publishers will print and bound a chapter of a book to send to booksellers or for the author to give away before the entire book is published. Scholarly excerpts are another example; a portion of a large journal piece printed for a professor to distribute. Offprints are highly sought after by collectors because, technically, they can be considered a first separate edition of the work and will often have a presentation inscription.
Danish: Særtryk
Dutch: Overdruk
French: Tirage à part
German: Sonderdruck
Italian: Estratto
Spanish: Tiraje aparte
Swedish: Särtryck
Source: What bookdealers really mean. A dictionary by Tom Congalton and Dan Gregory (Between the Covers), with additions from other sources