By John Carter

8th version, thoroughly revised and re-set, with more information and an advent by way of Nicolas Barker. Shaken, Unsophisticated, Harleian sort, Fingerprint, booklet, Dentelle. are you able to outline those phrases? If now not, this can be the publication for you! John Carter's ABC For ebook creditors has lengthy been tested because the most delightful in addition to the main informative reference booklet at the topic. right here, in over 490 alphabetical entries, ranging in size from a unmarried line to a number of pages, will be chanced on definition and research of the technical phrases utilized in booklet amassing and bibliography, interspersed with salutary reviews on such matters as auctions, situation, facsimiles and fakes, 'points', rarity, and so forth. This 8th variation has been revised by way of Nicolas Barker, editor of The e-book Collector and contains extra phrases created by way of the advent of web-based gathering. The ABC For booklet creditors keeps its funny personality because the one vital consultant to e-book accumulating whereas additionally conserving us updated with sleek terminology.

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Many have been the victim of the quest for the ideal copy, an ignis fatuus in cartographic terms, since many atlases were specially made up by publisher or bookseller to meet the needs of a particular customer. Even more deplorable is the custom of breaking up tract volumes; where once this was done for the sake of a single valuable item and the rest discarded (many an STC pamphlet has been sacrificed for a single Jacobean play), now all are preserved, the parts (as with plate books) being judged more valuable than the whole.

Furthermore, to examine or display a book preserved in a pulloff case, or any case with an inner folder, requires three hands and a table-top. Yet without some sort of case, pamphlets can hardly stand comfortably on a loose shelf, nor be easily replaced on a tight one. Fragile volumes, whether in wrappers, boards, friable cloth or leather weak at the joints, are liable to damage and deterioration on the open shelf, and ought to be protected; as, no doubt, ought painted or elaborately decorated bindings.

B RO K E N T Y P E Since the commonest cause of broken or damaged type is wear and tear in the course of printing, observed deterioration as between copies of the same edition may help (especially in 19th and 20th century books) to distinguish between impressions, issues or states of 53 (A) ABC text 10-73 16/5/06 10:21 Page 54 B RO K E N T Y P E (continued) that edition. It is, however, evidence which must be applied with caution, and the collector should beware of its frequent abuse by issue-mongers.

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