Definition of term:: Verso


  • The "back" side of a page in a book, that is the page that is on the left-hand side of a book when it is opened. Many people get the terms recto and verso confused, but our favorite was when we read an essay on book collecting by a bookseller that referred to the "reverso" of a page, which we felt had a certain zen-like quality to it as a descriptive term (unless he was referring to the superhero book collector able to return prices to what they were in his youth).
French: Verso
German: Verso
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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