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Common Abbreviations

Abbreviations used when describing books can be confusing. Here are some of the more common ones to help!

The following abbreviations concern the condition of the book and are used in descriptions:

M = Mint : book as new.
F = Fine : Book in excellent condition but not absolutely as new.
VG = Very Good : The book has imperfections, but is still in good condition.
G = Good: the book is clearly second hand and has faults.
P = Poor : the book can still be read, but is very shabby / damaged.
+ ' and ' - ' refer to above or below the Category.

When double abbreviations are used eg. VG / G the former refers to the book, the latter to the dustwrapper ( d/w )

Abbreviations.

pp = pages
8vo = the average sized book
4to = an 'oversized' book
ed = edition / editor
ltrs = letters
cvr = cover
fep = front endpaper
bk = book
rep = reprint(ed)
nd = no date ( publishing )
d/w = dustwrapper
US = United States
ant. = anthology
ex - lib = ex library book
imp = impression.
edpr = endpaper


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