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BOOK TERMINOLOGY H-Z

 

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H

Half Binding

The spine and corners of a book are covered in one material and the rest of the front and rear covers is covered in another material.

Hardcover

Book whose case is made of stiff board.

Hinges

Where the spine of the book meets the sides of a binding.

I

Inscribed

When a book is signed by the author or someone associated with it, but there is more than just a signature written.

Issue

A change that is made to a book after it has been published.

L

Limited Edition

When a small number of copies of a book are published.

Loose

When a book has been read too often or carelessly and the binding has become loose and sloppy.

O

Open Tear

Tear that might have some material missing.

Out-Of-Print

Books that are no longer available from the publisher there are no new copies being printed or available for sale.

P

Paperback

Book that is bound with flexible paper covers.

Plate

Special pages that contain illustrations or extra information.

Points

Peculiarities found in a published book that determine the edition, issue, or state.

Provenance

Evidence of the history of ownership of a book, the book may be important because of who owned it.

Q

Quarter Binding

When the spine of a book is bound in a different material than the boards.

R

Reading Copy

A book that is complete in text and plates but is worn or soiled to the pint that it is only good for reading and it cannot be considered "collectible".

Reading Crease

A crease in the spine of the book.

Rebacked

When the original spine or backstrip has been removed and replaced.

Rebound

When the entire binding has been replaced.

Recased

When the book is taken apart and put together with original pages, cloth, and endpapers. Done to tighten sewing or clean pages.

Rubbed

When color has been worn from sections of the binding or dust jacket.

S

Shaken

Text block is loose in the binding, but not detached.

Signed

Signed with a name only.

Slipcase

Boxes built to house and protect books with the spine exposed.

Spine

The backbone of a book where the title is displayed when it is standing upright on shelf.

Starting

Hinges or joints that are beginning to hsow signs of becoming loose.

State

Variations within an edition of a book that are made prior to publication. This term applies to printed pages and not variations in bindings.

Sticker Damage

Damage caused by roughly removing a price sticker.

Sticker Ghost

When a sticker has been left on a book for a long period of time and the glue has discolored the surface of the book.

Sunned

Browning, yellowing, or fading of the paper, dustjacket, or binding of a book as a result of being left out in the sun.

T

Tape Residue

The residue from cellophane tape that remains on the paper or cover of a book. It results in brown stains or bits of tape sticking to the paper.

Tender

Loosening of the book binding.

Text Block

The pages that contain the bound content of the book, this does not include endpapers.

Tooling

Decoration of leather bindings.

Trade Edition

Edition that is sold through bookstores, rather than those meant for private or specialized distribution.