ABC for Book Collectors
John Carter's ABC for Book Collectors has long been established as the most enjoyable as well as the most informative reference book on the subject. Here, in over 450 alphabetical entries, ranging in length from a single line to several pages, may be found definition and analysis of the technical terms of book collecting and bibliography, interspersed with salutory comment on such subjects as auctions, condition, facsimiles and fakes, 'points', rarity, etc. This seventh edition, revised and with a new introduction by Nicolas Barker, editor of The Book Collector, incorporates additions and amendments which he has accumulated since the last edition was updated fourteen years ago. Nicolas Barker worked with his friend John Carter revising the ABC up to the latter's death in 1975 and has faithfully preserved the spirit of the original. The ABC thus retains its character as an indispensable guide to book collecting.
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19th century A. E. HOUSMAN advertisements antiquarian booksellers applied auction bibliographical bibliophile binder blank BLOCKBOOKS boards Book Collector book-collecting bookbinding books printed bound calf called cancel century books COLLATION collected colour common commonly continued covers decoration described distinct dropped letter dust-jacket early edges edition EDITION-BINDING endpaper English engraved errata slip examples facsimile folded folio French GATHERING gilt half half-title IDEAL COPY illustrations impression INCUNABULA inserted issued label leaf leather leaves libraries loose manuscript margin MCKERROW means Michael Sadleir modern books MOROCCO normally number of copies occasionally octavo original pamphlets PAPER COPY PART-ISSUES plates printed books printer PRIVATE PRESS proofs publication published PUBLISHER'S CLOTH quarto quires rare rarity RE-CASED RE-JOINTED reprint Sadleir sections signed seldom sewn sheet signature sometimes specialised spine Stanley Morison style T. S. Eliot tion title-page TRADE BINDING uncut usually vellum volume word wrappers