What book dealers really mean. Click on thumbnails for larger images.

Near fine

Lives in the same neighborhood as fine, but enviously covets its neighbor's goods and chattel, and can occasionally be caught leering at its neighbor's wife.


National Union Catalogue, a huge compilation that records the known copies of books in libraries, published in several hundred very large volumes, with much information about the books. However, if you want to take it around to bookstores with you, you'll either need a microfiche reader, or a large bookmobile.