Our books are first,
and foremost for readers and book lovers. But as some of you may
be collectors, we have kept that in mind when cataloguing our
books; as what is one man's "very good" condition, may be another
person's "poor". However, by applying the standard terms used
in the secondhand book market, we hope to avoid any misunderstanding.
- As New
Is used only when the book is in the same immaculate condition
in which it was published. There are no defects, no missing
pages, no library stamps, and so on, and the dust jacket (if
it was issued with one) would be perfect, without any tears.
Some evidence of ownership, otherwise in extreme good condition
- Very Good
Describes a book that does show some small signs of wear --
but no tears -- on either binding or paper.
A well worked copy, binding may be frail and covers rubbed but
is still complete
Worn book that has complete text pages (including those with
maps or plates) but may lack endpapers, half-title, etc. Binding,
jacket (if any), may also be worn.
Describes a book that is so worn that its only merit is as a
reading copy, because it does have the complete text, which
is legible. This copy may be soiled, scuffed, stained, or spotted
and may have loose joints, hinges, pages, and so on.