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Glossary of Book Condition Terminology (page 1 of 6)

  • Appendix: Additional or supplementary material generally found at the end of a book.
  • As New: In the same immaculate condition as when it was published. There are no defects and the dust jacket (if issued) is perfect, without any tears.
  • Backstrip: The covering of a book's spine.
  • Blind stamping: An impressed mark, decoration, or lettering, not coloured or gilded, usually appearing on the binding. Book Clubs often mark their editions with a small blind stamp in the bottom right corner of the rear board.
  • Book Label: A label indicating the ownership of a book. Generally smaller than a Bookplate.
  • Bookplate: A pasted-in sign of ownership.
  • Bowed: A condition of the covers or boards of a hard cover book. Bowed covers may turn inward toward the leaves or outward away from the leaves. The condition generally results from a rapid change in the level of moisture in the air.
  • Chipped: Small pieces are missing or fraying has occurred on a dust jacket or the edge of a paperback.
  • Cocked: (Also shelf-cocked.) A condition resulting from storing a book on a shelf so that it leans and rests against its neighbour or the side of a bookcase, thus deforming the binding.
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