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Reading copy

A copy which is not a collectible copy, either because it is a reprint edition, or because the condition is so far gone that the cataloger, faced with the prospect of the term "about fair," decides instead to consign it to the rubbish heap.

Rear free endpaper

see front free endpaper but put it in the back

Rear panel

see panel, and do your utmost to put the information in context


When the boards of the book have been detached or lost from the text of the book, and the binding has been replaced. Sometimes books are rebound simply because a collector appreciates the look more than the original binding, or wants the books to be consistent in appearance with others in his library. These signed L. Frank Baum Oz first editions offered in our Catalog 119, The Marvelous Land of Oz and Queen Zixi of Ix, were rebacked and rebound at an early date.

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Want to learn more about rare books and collecting? Here are a few references to get you started...