Miss Romney continues her excellent series:
This is Part II of my short introduction to rare books. To read Part I, please visit my previous post. Let’s pick up where we left off:
What is the difference between edition, printing, issue, and state?
Any cursory glance at a book dealer’s catalogue description will reveal vocabulary foreign to initiates. One of the most important lexical differences to know is between edition, printing, issue, and state, as these can dramatically change the value. Remember how I said first editions are the most likely to be collected? Let’s be more specific. The first batch of books printed is what is most likely to be collected. Here’s a quick rundown** so you can determine whether a book is from the first batch.
Edition: all the copies printed of a book during the same setting of type. Historically, the type would be set by hand, then…
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