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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 […]

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 […]

Dust Jacket (DJ) or Dustwrapper (DW)

Dust Jacket (DJ) or Dustwrapper (DW)

A paper cover over a hardcover (and occasionally paperback) book. Initially these were used to protect the hardcover binding from soiling and scuffing that would discourage sales. In the 1830s publishers started to see some advantage of printing titles and even advertising on these. For a publisher like Grosset & Dunlap, the space on the […]

Phantom Series

Phantom Series

In the same way that a series volume title can be advertised yet not published, sometimes there are ads in trade magazines or in post-text ad pages of the books themselves. The Ben Lightbody series was advertised in several 1910s-era Altemus books. It was never published and probably never written. The Clover Girls series was […]

Phantom Title

Phantom Title

In a series of any length, many publishers and authors find it advantageous to promote their previous and future titles so that readers may look for them. A future title in a series can be announced in an advertisement or at the end of the present story with some phrase like “little did the Hardy’s […]