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Collectors' Terms

A selection from BTC's Illustrated Glossary - part of our new, online reference guide.

Blind stamp

Decoration, picture, or lettering that has been impressed into the binding with a metal stamp prepared for the purpose, resulting in a "blind" (meaning uncolored) decoration, picture or lettering. Book owners sometimes use a blindstamp with their name to mark their copies - Western author Zane Grey did so, as with his own copy of his classic Riders of the Purple Sage offered in our Catalog 89. Not all blind stamps are bad, but the most notorious blind stamps for modern first edition collectors are those of the Book of the Month Club. That book you saw on your uncle's bookshelf that looks just like the one on our website with the big asking price - peak under the jacket and take a look at the bottom right corner of the rear board. Odds are there is a blind stamp mark indicating that what you have in your hands is a book club edition and fit for reading or kindling, but not for collecting. Sorry.


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Cover Image: 1974 Aviation Almanac


1974 Aviation Almanac

Closter, New Jersey: Institute for Aviation Safety 1973. First edition. Trade paperback. 767pp. Black and white illustrations. Creasing, fading, and tiny tears else very good minus with... more>>

Cover Image: Agricultural and Family Almanack... For the Year of Our Lord 1847


Agricultural and Family Almanack... For the Year of Our Lord 1847

New York: Published by Dr. William B. Moffat 1847. String-tied wrappers. Stains on the front and rear wraps, some modest erosion on the rear wrap to the paper, a good copy. more>>

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Almanac &c. A Collection of Early American Almanacs calculated on a new and improved plan for the Year of Our Lord 1986

West Virginia: Westvaco 1985. First edition. Fine in a near fine slipcase. Please Note: This book has been transferred to Between the Covers from another database... more>>

Cover Image: Almanach 1956


Almanach 1956

(Germany): Fischer Bucherei (1955). Pictorial wrappers. Bottom corner chipped on front wrap, else very good. Text in German. more>>

Cover Image: Almanach Das Siebzigste Jahr


Almanach Das Siebzigste Jahr

(Frankfurt: S. Fischer Verlag (1956). First edition. In German. Near fine, slightly rubbed trade paperback. more>>

Cover Image: Almanach: Das Sechsundsechzigste Jahr


Almanach: Das Sechsundsechzigste Jahr

(Frankfurt): S. Fisher Verlag 1952. First edition. Very good in somewhat brittle self-wraps. Text completely in German. more>>

Cover Image: Almanach: Das Sechsundsiebzigste Jahr


Almanach: Das Sechsundsiebzigste Jahr

(Frankfurt): S. Fischer Verlag 1961. First edition. Near fine, lightly worn in self-wrappers. Text completely in German. more>>

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An Almanack for Booklovers: Comprising A Bookman's Calendar, also A Curious Anthologie selected from divers Authours...

San Francisco: Roy Vernon Sowers 1942. First edition. Very good paperback. First edition. 76 pages. Pages are uncut. Text clean. Spine very light yellow. Small dent on rear... more>>

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Ayer's American Almanac 1877

MA: Ayer 1877. First thus. Paperback About very good in wrappers. Browned, stained and speckles on cover. Please Note: This book has been transferred... more>>

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Bell Telephone Almanac For 1960

Bell Telephone 1960. First edition. Very good in pictorial stiff paper covers. (Pages: 24) Light yellowing to white portions of covers. Please Note: This... more>>

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