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ABC for book collectors

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Unsophisticated, Harleian Style, Fingerprint, E-book, Dentelle. Can you define these terms? If not, this is the book for you! 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 490 alphabetical entries, ranging in length from a single line to several pages, may be found definition and analysis of the technical terms used in book collecting and bibliography, interspersed with salutary comments on such subjects as auctions, condition, facsimiles and fakes, 'points', rarity, etc. This eighth edition has been revised by Nicolas Barker, editor of The Book Collector and incorporates additional words created by the introduction of web-based collecting. The ABC For Book Collectors retains its humorous character as the one indispensable guide to book collecting while also keeping us up-to-date with modern terminology.


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Copyright: The Estate of John Carter 1952, 1953, 1961, 1966, 1972 1995; new material Copyright Nicolas Barker 1980, 1994

Publisher: Oak Knoll Press, 414 Delaware Street, New Castle, DE 19720, USA; published by arrangement with HarperCollins Ltd.

Printer: Rose Printing Company, Tallahassee, Florida, USA

ISBN: 1-884718-05-1

Subjects: 1. Bibliography--Dictionaries. 2. Book collecting--Dictionaries. 3. Book industries and trade--Dictionaries.

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Author: John Carter

Corrections, Additions, and an Introduction: Nicolas Barker

Cover design: J von Hoelle, Michael Hohne

Dedication: John Hayward

Introduction: Nicolas Barker

Preface: John Carter

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224, including the first pages and last

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Other Oak Knoll classics for the serious book collector

About the author



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Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8.2 inches

Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

new, like new, mint / fine, vg+, vg, vg-, g, reader's copy, favors (clean, tight, bright, written notes, still wrapped), faults (x-lib (ex-library) warped, stained, frayed, sun bleached, brittle paper, foxing, bent, torn, soiled, markings, etc)

Fine condition; clean, bright copy


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Book on books

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Easy to read, witty

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A very thorough specialized dictionary

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