Definition of term:: Offset

  • "The accidental transfer of ink from a printed page or illustration to an adjacent page. This may be caused either from the sheets having been folded, or the book bound, before the ink was properly dry, or from the book being subsequently exposed to damp. Offset from engraved or other plates on to text, and from text on to plates, is commoner, and also much more disfiguring, than offset from text on to text." (John Carter)
Danish: Offset
Dutch: Offset
French: Offset
German: Abklatsch
Italian: Offset
Spanish: Offset
Swedish: Offset
Source: John Carter, ABC for Book Collectors. 7th edition. With Corrections, Additions and an Introduction by Nicolas Barker. Oak Knoll Press 1995