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Book Description Terms

Book Sizes

Elephant Folio
Elephant Folio size - up to approx 635mm to 1270mm (25" to 50") tall

Atlas Folio
Atlas Folio size - up to approx 580mm to 635mm (23" to 25") tall

Elephant Folio
Elephant Folio size - up to approx 380mm to 580mm (15" to 23") tall

Folio
Folio size - up to approx 300mm to 380mm (12" to 15") tall

4to
Quarto size - up to approx 250mm to 300mm (7 " to 9 ") tall

8vo
Octavo size - up to approx 200mm to 250mm (7 " to 9 ") tall

12mo
12mo size - up to approx 170mm to 200mm (6 " to 7 ") tall

16mo
16mo size - up to approx 150mm to 170mm (5 " to 6 ") tall

24mo
24mo size - up to approx 130mm to 150mm (5" to 5 ") tall

32mo
32mo size - up to approx 100mm to 130mm (4" to 5") tall

48mo
48mo size - up to approx 100mm to 75mm (3" to 4") tall

64mo
64mo size - up to approx 100mm (3") tall

Oblong
Book is bound in a retangular shape, where the book's length or depth is greater than the book's height

Square
Book is bound in a square shape, where the book's length and height are near equal

Book Condition

Fine
New condition, unmarked

Near Fine
A minor fault or two, such as a tiny crease to jacket edge. (faults should be listed)

Very Good or v/g or vg
May have some light wear or foxing. (brown ageing of paper)(faults should be listed)

Good
Book has signs of wear. (faults should be listed)

Fair
Not a very good copy.(faults should be listed)

Poor
Poor copy has lots of wear or defects. (faults should be listed)

Reading Copy
Poor copy has lots of wear or defects. (faults should be listed)

Book Defects

Foxing
Browning of paper

Chipped
Small pieces missing, usualy from cover edges or jacket edges

Closed Tear
A tear on the jacket with no paper missing.

Skewed Spine
Binding of book is twisted.

Slanted Spine
Binding of book is slanted.

Insrcibed
Has writing from previous owner of the book.

Other Abbreviations

Ed
Editor

Fep
The front endpaper of the book

Half-title
The page before title page of the book. It has the book title written on it but not the full detail as in the title page

H/C
Hardcover binding

P/B
Paperback or limp binding or wrapps

pp
Number of pages

S/C
Softcover or limp binding or wrapps

Title
The main title page of the book