Glossary of Printing Terms:
Condition Guide for Books

Fine/Very Good: F/VG

Fine Book in Very Good jacket.

  1. Fine/Like New: F

No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.

  1. Very Good: VG

Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive.

  1. Good: G

The average used book with all pages present. Books with loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine, torn dust jackets, can fall into this category.

  1. Fair: FR

Obviously well-worn and handled but no text pages are missing, however, it may be without endpapers or a title page.
There might be markings, but they do not interfere with readability.

  1. Poor: P

All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects.
Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category.


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