- Hobby or Obsession - for many of us, it is somewhere between the two. As an active reference, presented here are common terms of the collector and a few videos that highlight the active collector's passion!
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Bibliography - think of this as the book's background or pedigree. Usually describes the book and books by the same author. A good source to look up printings and references.
Book Plate - Usually found on the inside covers, this is the label that carries the owner info. There are active collectors of vintage book plates and plates of notable people.
Copyright Page - Found on the reverse of the title page and contains the dates and related info of when the work was copyrighted. Helpful in determining edition - but NOT the single source.
Endpapers - The papers in the front and back of the book. Decorative, marbled, plain - sometimes helpful in determining edition based on color and/or style.
Ex Libris - Meaning "from the library of", formerly owned by - and then followed by the owner's name. Sometimes used to refer to an old library book.
First Edition - This is the 1st time that a specific work is presented to the market as a book.
Foxing - Think of this as age spots on the paper.
o.p - an abbreviation for out of print
Points - For accurate identification of specific editions, there are "clues" or identifying notes. For example, a specific edition of a book may have a certain work on line 3 of page 54.
Slip Case - Some editions are presented to market in a box that allows the book to "slip" in to the box. The slip case stays with the book. It can be decorative or plain.
State - Refers to a change that is made during a print run. Could be to the book, to the binding, to the dust jacket.
Tip in - This is a leaf or sheet that is on a single page. Usually glued in at only one side. Commonly seen in the older art books. An illustration or specfic work will be tipped in opposite a page describing the work.