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Book Condition and Abbreviations

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Books are described using the following standard classification system. To avoid disappointment please check the condition of the books that you are ordering.

New: Obtained directly from the publisher.

Fine (F): Should have no flaws, a perfect copy of a used book.

Mint: Another term for Fine.

Very Good (VG): The broadest category for used books, this describes any average used book.  May have small flaws, and has probably been read, but should appear overall clean and attractive.

Good (G): Will probably have significant wear or damage, although is still intact.  Suitable for reading, but not necessarily a good gift copy. The old saying in bookselling is "good ain't good."

Fair: Another less misleading term for Good.

Poor: Heavily worn or damaged, a poor book will be readable but not attractive.

In the case of books with dust wrappers, the book is classified first. The following abbreviations are also used:

A&U:  Allen & Unwin

AS:     Alan Sutton 

BB:     Bradford Barton

BCA:  Book Club Associates 

D&C: David & Charles

IA:     Ian Allan

Oak:  Oakwood Press 

PSL:  Patrick Stephens Ltd 

b/w:   black & white

dw:    dust wrapper 

Hb:    Hardback

nd:     no publication date

Pb:        paperback

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