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Frontispiece

The illustration in a book that faces the title page is called a “frontispiece.”  Among book collectors and booksellers, this is often abbreviated to “frontis.” Often this and other illustrations are printed using a halftone process on clay-coated glossy paper.  They are inserted or “tipped in” at the time of signature gathering or binding.

Marginalia

Marginalia

Although marginalia could refer to any writings or sketches in the blank spaces of a printed book, it is most often used to describe instances where someone with a close connection to a book has made marks in it.   Sometimes this is a reader who is interacting with the text.  Famous examples include marks to indicate […]

Association Copy

Association Copy

An association copy is a book that has enhanced importance because of the person or people who owned it. It may be presented by the author or artist to someone who is important to that person or the work itself.  In some interesting cases, an association copy may include writing by the author or artist with […]

Breeder Set

There are distinctions between a book with one or more sequels and something written in an effort to produce a series.  One of the hallmarks of this is offering several titles at once to cause the reader to be invested enough in the characters that they will be eager to find the next volume even though […]

Fixup

Fixup

This term is borrowed from the science fiction community.  It describes a book that resembles a novel that was assembled from previously published short material.  Often there are editorial changes made to suit the publication length and change characters or themes to be suitable for the book form. Edward Stratemeyer wrote many serials and short […]

Condition

Condition

To facilitate sales of books via mail (and now online), standard terms (with abbreviations) are used by booksellers and read by book buyers. This system works best when the same terms and applications of them are used. A common tool for the book trade was Antiquarian Bookman Weekly (AB Weekly), a magazine of want lists and […]

Ghostwriter

Ghostwriter

A writer who is hired by a publisher or book packager, like the Stratemeyer Syndicate, to write a book that will often be published under a pseudonym owned by that publisher or packager. Normally this work is done as a work-for-hire for a flat-fee compensation. Upon completion of an acceptable manuscript, the employer will send […]

Pseudonym (pseud.) or Pen Name or Nom-de-Plume

Pseudonym (pseud.) or Pen Name or Nom-de-Plume

When a work is published under a name that is different from the author’s own name, it is said to be published under a pseudonym. Some pseudonyms, like “Mark Twain,” are always associated with a given writer (Samuel L. Clemens). In series books, Martha Farquharson’s books (Elsie Dinsmore and Mildred Keith series) are published under […]

Serial

Serial

A story that was published in two or more parts in a magazine. Sometimes these parts were collected and published as a book, occasionally part of a series. For people who are generally outside the series book collecting field, the phrase “serial” might be applied when “series book” is intended. The image below is an […]

Mismatch

Mismatch

For series that were issued with dust jackets (DJs), clues to the vintage in the form of listings inside the book and on the jacket can be compared. Often the listings in the book change less frequently than those on the DJs because of the size of the print runs for each. It is normal […]