Book Condition Definitions





Unfaded, unclipped wrapper. No rubbing, no tears, no creasing eg David Mitchell - Slade House

Clean boards. Sharp corners. No inscriptions or writing – other than authorial signatures or inscriptions. No marks in the text. Clean pages. No browning, no foxing, no spotting eg Leigh Brackett - No Good For a Corpse

Near Fine

As above but with a little bit of rubbing to the edges and maybe a little bit of bruising to the spine ends eg Alfred Adler - Understanding Human Nature

A bit of bruising to the spine ends. Trivial soiling to boards or pages eg Harold Pinter - Gorgona : Tea Party

Very Good +

As above. Possibly clipped. Slight fading. Occasional close tears and chips eg Roger Beaumont - Sword of the Raj

As above. Bruised corners. Light toning to page edges or text block. Occasional spotting or foxing. Ownership inscription eg Alfred Adler - Understanding Human Nature

Very Good

As above. Jacket more pronounced fading, chipping, tears eg Laurence W Meynell - Death’s Eye

As above.  More pronounced foxing, spotting, bruising eg Eugene Cunningham - Quick Triggers


As above. Ragged jacket eg Enid Blyton - The Boy Next Door

Beaten up book/ex library eg Edgar Wallace - The Tomb of Ts’In