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For The Armchair and Serious Collectors

As with any collectible item condition is everything. In this case longer you keep your books looking like they just stepped off the runway, or in this case out of the bindery, the more value they will retain. So in this section we will tackle- grading your books, care and feeding, anatomy, common terms with definitions, different editions of books, and signed vs. inscribed. 


Grading Your Book

Just like any specialty, book sellers and collectors have devised a common lingo in grading a book’s condition. Giving a standardize definition helps allow the buyer to have a general idea of what they are purchasing.

Firsts Magazine, a book collecting magazine, has one of the very best quick reference guides to grading books.