John Heaton (jheaton) wrote,
John Heaton

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Ten random things: February 1

Ten antiquarian book abbreviations:

  1. an: as new
  2. vg: very good; some defects
  3. aeg: all edges gilt
  4. dj: dust-jacket
  5. htvb: Hors Texte, versos blank
  6. op: out of print
  7. ads: book contains advertisements
  8. dec: decorated
  9. insc: inscribed
  10. teg: top edge gilt

"Hors texte" is French for "outside of the text," and the term usually refers to plates without printing on the reverse sides. The plates may be tipped in to paper of a different stock from that of the text.


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