DESCRIPTIVE TERMS USED
The description of the condition of a secondhand book is necessarily inexact and can vary from bookseller to bookseller. We intend our descriptions to offer a reliable guide to their state. To that end our usage is as follows:
mint: Essentially, a new book. Only a book within a few years of publication and which has not been much handled should be so described.
fine: Without obvious defect. Books with very minor imperfections or shelf wear may be designated as 'near fine'.
very good: Just that. Included will be moderate shelf wear, insignificant foxing, light sunning of the wrapper. Any inscriptions, bookplates, any chipping or fraying to the dustwrapper will be specified.
good: Will have defects, as noted, but is in complete and readable condition.
fair: Shows considerable wear, serious defects. A book will only be offered in this condition in the event that it is an important work and copies are uncommon.
Size is denoted by traditional terms based on the folding of sheets. The standard size of most books where illustration does not form a leading aspect is octavo. Unusual shapes will be included in the description. Bindings are hardcover unless otherwise specified.
Where appropriate dustwrappers are protected by superior non-adhesive polypropylene film.