Definition of term:: Subscription

  • "In the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries (and much less frequently since) expensive books, privately printed books, special copies (e.g. on large paper or with proof plates) or even the whole edition would sometimes be issued on subscription. Subscribers who responded to the preliminary proposal might be asked to pay part of the price in advance, perhaps against a smaller total than that ruling after publication day. And in many cases their names would be printed, in a list of subscribers; hence, such catalogue notes as ‘complete with the list of subscribers’, or ‘fine copy, but lacks the subscribers’, or ‘a subscriber’s copy, with signature of Cardinal d’Armagnac (“two copies on imperial paper”)." (John Carter)
French: Souscription
German: Subskription
Swedish: Subskription
Source: John Carter, ABC for Book Collectors. 7th edition. With Corrections, Additions and an Introduction by Nicolas Barker. Oak Knoll Press 1995