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Discovering …A Shire Publication
There are few pastimes as fascinating, enjoy able and rewarding for the enthusiast of modest means as collecting books. A concise history of printing is followed by a list of suggested subjects for the collector with limited funds. It explains plainly the often obscure terminology used in describing books, elucidating such perplexing terms as ‘foxed’, ‘unopened’, ‘unsophisticated’ and ‘dis-bound’ explaining where to find the ‘title-page’, the ‘fly-leaf’ and the ‘colophon’, as well as showing the collector how to detect a ‘first edition’, distinguish between ‘original boards’ and ‘contemporary tree-calf’ and collage his books to check for completeness.
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