Ordering & Bibliographic Terminology


263 Athol Ave, No.8, Oakland California 94606


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ALL BOOKS are original editions, in their original bindings, in very good to fine condition, (no underlinings, library marks, worn bindings, etc) and OP in the edition offered unless specifically noted otherwise. I only have one copy each so order quickly to avoid disappointment.

ORDERING INFORMATION: Let me know if you have any questions. Orders, reservations & questions accepted 24 hours a day, seven days a week by phone, email, and mail. Please supply book number and title. Phone & email reservations held ten days while I await your payment. First time customers please pay by check or PayPal, others will have their books sent with a bill. Upon receipt of books payment is due please.


PRICES: I have carefully, painstakingly checked every book against the almighty internet and priced them as low as possible, usually cheaper than anything comparable. The internet now is full of erroneous information, spurious “dealers,” “bookjackers,” blurry reprints and ridiculously high prices on many of the books offered here. I use ViaLibri.net, the largest and most complete search engine, and unlike others ViaLibri is not owned by Amazon (though it does search Amazon, which now controls 75% of all books sold in the US). I’ve listed none of the books here on the net but will do so shortly.

PAYMENT: I prefer to be paid by check, however if you would rather use PayPal then please do so. Past customers will receive the books with an invoice, payment on receipt. Libraries billed. At this point I am not accepting credit cards. Checks payable to Todd Pratum, thank you.

POSTAGE and insurance at cost. California addresses add 9.5% sales tax to your order.

Every order comes with a tracking number.

FOREIGN CUSTOMERS: We have regular customers all over the world. We pack our books very carefully and offer the lowest postage rates possible. Your books will be sent by airmail, (surface mail no longer available). All foreign orders insured at cost. If you need a shipping quote let me know. Payment by bank wire, US dollar check or PayPal.

RETURNS: As always any purchase is returnable for any or no reason, (though a brief explanation helps), please pack well and mail back promptly. If prepaid you will be refunded by check, or PayPal refund if that was your payment method.

Thank you for all your orders large and small.

Bibliographic terms:

Book Sizes in height:

Duo decimo (12mo) 6″- 7″

Octavo (8vo) 7″ – 9″

Quarto (4to) 10″ – 13″

Folio (Fo.) 13″ – 23″

AEG = all edges gilt

Boards = modern card covers

Coated stock = glossy art paper

Contemporary = concurrent with date of publication (i.e. not modern)

DJ or DW = Dust jacket/dust wrapper

DNB = Dict of National Biography

EP = End paper

Fabrikoid = Plasticized cloth in imitation of leather

Frontispiece (frontis) = full page illustration facing title page

Hinge = Inside groove uniting cover with ep & text block

Joint = Upper side of hinge

ND = No date

NP = No publisher

OP = Out of print with publisher

Plate = Full page illustration, often on different/better paper

Rebacked = New spine

Rubricated = Printed in red

Sewn = Pages sewn-in with threads

VF = Very fine cond, i.e. like new.

VG = Very good condition, no defects, only trivial signs of use.

Wraps (wrappers) = Plain paper covers, usually used for small printings by academic publishers.

Dates given are for the year that edition was published.

Dates in parentheses are dates that edition was first published

Edition = Text which originates from the same plates or setting of type.

Printing = The particular printing or reprinting of that particular edition, i.e. there can be many printings of an edition but once the text has been changed it is a new edition.

A reprint is an exact new printing of an edition, usually by a new publisher. Note that many reprints are inferior to the original.

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