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Glossary of Common Abbreviations.

TERMS: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


A:

A.D.: Autograph document

A.D.s.: Autograph document, signed

Ads, adverts: Advertisements

A.E.G.: All Edges Gilt

A.L.: Autograph letter

A.L.s.: Autograph letter, signed

A.M.s.: Autograph manuscript, signed

auth: author

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B:

bce: book club edition

bd.: bound

bdg.: binding

bk: book

bks: books

bkpl: bookplate

bkstrp: backstrip

BMC: British Museum Catalog

brk/brok: broken

buck: buckram

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C:

C. & p.: Collated and perfect

ca.: circa, approximately

cat: catalog

CBEL: Cambridge Bibliography of English Literature

chip/chp: chipped

cl: cloth

col: color

conts: contents

cpy: copy

cv: cover

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D:

DAB: Dictionary of American Biography

dec/decor: decorated, decoration

dict: dictionary

disb: disbound

dj: dustjacket

DNB: Dictionary of National Biography (British)

doc.: document

dw: dustwrapper

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E:

ea: each

ed: editor

edn: edition

Eng./Engl.: English

eng./engr.: engraved

ex-lib/x-lib: ex-library

ep: endpaper

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F:

F./ff.: Folio, folios (leaves)

facs: facsimile

f/o: fold out

front: rontispiece

fwd: foreword

fx: foxing (also foxed)

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G:

grn: green

hc: hardcover

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H:

hf.: half (as in half sheets)

hist: history

hndbk: handbook

hng: hinge

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I:

ill/illus: illustrated, illustration<

Imp.: Imperial

impft: imperfect

ins: inside

inscr: inscribed

intro.: introduction

Ital.: italic letter

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J:

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K:

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L:

lea.: leather

lf: leaf

lge.: large

lith: lithograph

L.p.: large paper

LS: letter, signed

ltd: limited

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M:

mag: magazine

M.e.: marbled edges

Ms/Mss: manuscript(s)

mssg: missing

mrbld: marbled

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N:

N.d.: no date

N.F.: Near Fine

N.p.: no place

N.s.: Note, signed

N.V.G: .: Near Very Good

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O:

Ob./obl.: oblong

oct: octavo

OED: Oxford English Dictionary

op: out-of-print

orig.: original

o/w: otherwise

pamph: pamphlet

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P:

pb: paperback

pc: price clipped

P./pp.: page, pages

pg: page

photo: photograph

pict: pictorial

Pl, pls: plate, plates

po: previous owner

pol.: polished

port: portrait

p., pp.: page, pages

prc clpd: price clipped (from dustjacket)

pref: preface

prelims: preliminary leaves

pres: presentation copy

prev: previous

priv prntd: privately printed

pseud: pseudonym(ous)

pt.: part

pub: published or publisher

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Q:

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R:

rbkd: rebacked

reprd: repaired

rev: revised

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S:

sc: soft cover

sgd: signed

sig: signature

slpcs: slipcase

sl: slight

sm: small

sp: spine

sq: square

STC: Short-Title Catalog

stns: stains

swd: sewed

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T:

T.E.G: top edges gilt

T.L.s: Typed letter, signed

tp: title page

trans: translator

TS: typescript

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U:

unb/unbd: unbound

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V:

vd/vy: various dates, various years

vol/vols: volume(s)

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W:

w.a.f: .:with all faults

w/: with

w/o: without

wn: worn

wr: wear

wrap(s): wrappers, paperback

wt: weight

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Y:

yr: year

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Z:

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