This page is intended to give a brief description of terms we use in our listings. It is a new feature and is currently work in progress with more to be added shortly.
number of copies of a publication printed from a single typesetting or other
form of reproduction.” American Heritage Dictionary.
To a publisher, the first edition is the entire number of copies from the original
typesetting, no matter how many print runs occur.
To a book
collector, the first edition refers only to the first printing of the original
typesetting of the work in book form. This is the definition we use.
publishers generally aren’t interested in the book collector’s definition of
first edition, their methods of edition identification are often vague and vary
considerably – there is no single standard method. We use Bill McBride’s “A
Pocket Guide to the Identification of First Editions” to help us identify first editions. Manyhills only states a book as first edition
if through research we believe it is the first printing of the first edition.
Hardcover is self-explanatory. The actual
covers are sometimes referred to as “boards,” which may be covered in paper,
cloth, or occasionally leather. Usually the boards are quite plain and a paper dust
jacket is often included to provide decoration, marketing and protection.
Softcover. The covers are made from thin printed
Paperback: We use this term to refer to
mass market paperbacks which are generally the very common small version of
Trade Paperback: This is the large softcover
version (about 23cm high) that novels are commonly released in prior to the
mass market paperback edition.
Paperback: We use this
term to designate softcover books that fall between the paperback and trade
paperback sizes. Teenage fiction books are often this size.
Signed means signed by the author, or
occasionally by the editor or illustrator.
Inscribed (sometimes referred to as a presentation
copy) means the author has signed the book to a particular person, and may
have written some additional lines.
More to come ....