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Describing book conditions

People use lots of different words to describe the condition of their books. For clarity's sake, if you are posting on this forum please use the following descriptors as a baseline. Add in as much additional detail to describe the book as you can think of - most book collectors are pretty picky

    • As New: Book is in the same immaculate condition it was when it was published.
    • Fine: Book is almost new, but isn't quite as crisp as a new copy. Maybe it has been opened and read, but there are no defects to the book, dust jacket or pages.
    • Very Good: Book shows some small signs of wear (but no tears) on the binding or pages. Any alterations such as a bookplate must be identified.
    • Good: The average used book that has all pages present and dust jacket if originally issued with one. Any defects or markings on the pages should be identified.
    • Fair: A worn book that has all the text pages but may be missing endpapers, half-title page, dust jacket, etc. Any defects, markings or missing elements should be identified.
    • Poor: A heavily worn book that may be stained or damaged, have a loose binding, or be missing content.
    • Ex-library: Please note clearly in your description if the book includes library treatments (such as stamps on the pages or borrowing records).