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Do You Buy Or Trade Books?

Only if you have something really special. We have so much uncatalogued backstock that we are rather picky, but we're always happy to consider an interesting or unusual item or collection. Please contact us via email at books@bloodpage.com.

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How Do You Price Your Books?

There are six primary factors we take into consideration when pricing books. They are...

Of course, if a book is signed by the author or if it is an interesting association copy, this will influence the price, but these six factors come into play every time.

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What Do The Condition Gradings Mean?

The grading of books inevitably involves individual judgement. One person's Fine is another's Very Good. To confuse matters even more, a forgiving and charitable eye is commonly used in grading older books that does not apply to volumes manufactured in, roughly, the last 30 years. There is often a loosening of standards up to perhaps half a grade in describing the general condition of a book half a century or more old. That said, here is a general guide to the grading of hardback books:

And here is a general guide to the grading of paperback books:

Sometimes a book's grading is due to an accumulation of flaws, sometimes due to their degree. And sometimes we deem a book's overall condition better than the grading its one significant flaw would seem to dictate. In such a case the description may read something like this: "Prev. owner's blindstamp to ffep, otherwise NF". In any event, we guarantee our merchandise and if you feel an item has been misdescribed, you may return it within 10 days of receipt for a full refund with prior approval.

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What Do All Those Terms And Abbreviations Mean?

We offer here a glossary which we hope will answer any questions you may have regarding our catalogue listings.

Advance Reading Copy - A copy issued in advance of publication for booksellers and reviewers, bound in paper wraps.

Aeg - All edges gilt; when all the exposed edges of the pages have been covered with gold leaf or gilt.

As Issued - A term indicating an item is in the original condition as published.

Association Copy - A term applied to a copy which once belonged to the author, or to someone connected with the author, or to someone interesting in their own right, or to someone associated with the contents of the book.

Autograph Letter Signed - A handwritten letter with a signature.

Backstrip - The part of the binding that covers a book's spine, sometimes referred to as the spine.

Binding Copy - A book which needs to be rebound.

Blind-stamping - 1) An impressed decoration or lettering, uninked and ungilded, usually on the binding of a book, or 2) an embossed mark of ownership applied to a book's page.

Boards - The stiff paper boards used for the sides of hardbound books. They may be covered in paper, cloth, leather or other materials.

Book Club Edition - A book printed especially for a Book Club, usually produced with cheaper materials than the trade edition.

Bookplate - A label placed in a book for identification of ownership.

Cancel - A tipped-in page to replace a page removed after a book has been bound.

Chipped - Used to describe where small pieces are missing on the edge of a dust jacket or the cover of a paperback.

Disbound - Refers to a book or pamphlet, once bound, from which the binding has been removed.

Dummy - A mock-up of a book, used by salesmen in the late 19th and early 20th century to show prospective buyers. It usually will have a title page, 10 to 20 pages of text, perhaps some illustrations, and then blank pages to fill out the rest of the binding.

Edges - The outer surfaces of the pages of a book.

End Papers - The sheets of paper pasted onto the inner boards. One-half of the sheet is pasted to the inner cover (the paste-down), the other is left free, as a page (the free end paper).

Ephemera - Printed matter not designed to last long, such as pamphlets, manifestos, broadsides, programs, playbills, etc.

Errata Slip - A sheet of paper containing corrections of errors discovered in a book after printing.

Ex-lib - Ex-library, indicating a book which has been in use in a public or circulating library.

Fep - Front end paper; also known as the front paste-down.

Ffep - Front free end paper; the free end paper at the front of a book.

Flyleaf - A blank page following the ffep or preceeding the rfep.

Foxing - A yellowish-brown spotting found on paper, caused by chemical impurities in the paper, generally found in older books and particularly in steel engravings.

Frontispiece - An illustration facing the title page.

Glassine - A transparent paper dust jacket.

Gutter - The inner margins of facing pages of a book.

Half-title - A page carrying nothing but the title, usually preceeding the title page.

Hinge - The inner joining of the boards of the binding with the spine.

Joint - The exterior junction of the spine of a volume with the boards.

Laid In - Something inserted but not glued into a book.

Limited Edition - Any book whose publication is deliberately restricted to a comparatively small quantity of copies, usually numbered.

Mass-Market Paperback - A paperbound book with roughly the dimensions 7" high x 4.25" wide, designed to fit into a display rack or spinner.

N.D. - No date; meaning no date of publication is given in the book.

N.P. - No place; meaning no place of publication is given in the book.

Offprint - A separate printing of a section of a larger publication/periodical.

Offset - Accidental transfer of ink from a printed page or illustration to an adjacent page. Sometimes also used to describe the tranfer of discoloration from adhesive tape or browning from acidic paper onto an adjacent page.

Paste-down - The portion of the end paper pasted to the inner cover of a book.

Price-clipped - When the price on the DJ has been clipped off.

Privately Printed - A publication whose printing was paid for by an individual or a group.

Remainder Mark - A mark, stamp, or spray on the bottom- or top-edge of a book to indicate it has been remaindered (sold at a discount as overstock).

Rep - Rear end paper; also known as the rear paste-down.

Rfep - Rear free end paper; the free end paper at the rear of the book.

Shaken - When a book is no longer firm in its covers, the binding of the book is loose, but the hinges are not necessarily broken.

Slipcase - A cardboard case covered in paper, cloth, or leather which holds a book with only the spine exposed.

Teg - Top edge gilt; when the top edges of the pages have been covered with gold leaf or gilt.

Tipped-in - When something is pasted into a book, usually just at the edge or corners of the item.

Tissue - A very thin paper, almost transparent, used to cover the face of an engraving or etched illustration to prevent offset onto an adjacent page.

Trade Edition - The regularly published edition of a book, as differentiated from a limited edition of the same book.

Trade Paperback - Generally used to describe any paperbound book larger in size than a mass-market paperback (which is, roughly, 7" high x 4.25" wide).

Unopened - When the leaves of a book are still joined at the folds, not slit apart.

Unpag. - Unpaginated; when the pages of a book or pamphlet are not numbered.

Wraps - The outer covers of a paperbound book or pamphlet.

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All books are guaranteed to be in the condition described and may be returned within 10 days of receipt if not as described, with prior approval.

If your package arrives damaged, please save all packing materials and merchandise. The US Postal Service will not process claims without these. The US Postal Service will not process claims for lost packages until 30 days after they are lost (longer for overseas).

Due to the vagaries of various postal systems we automatically register or insure packages to certain countries. We will not be responsible for damages incurred in shipping on uninsured or unregistered international shipments.

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Why Is The Book I Ordered Not Available?

Because BloodPage Books deals in out-of-print and rare material, sometimes there are only single copies of the items listed, and since all books are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, sometimes those items have already been sold. And even multiple-stock items can sell out. We try to keep the site updated regularly so that the listings are current, but is inevitable that someone will order a book which is no longer available. Don't give up hope, though - we're always seeking new stock and we will endeavor to find you that book you want, but may have missed.

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Why Did I Get A Bunch Of Other Dealer's Books When I Searched For Something?

We are now using Advanced Book Exchange to handle our online database function, and if you use the "Quick Search" near the top of the page at ABE it will list the books of other dealers as well as our own. You can only stay within our catalogue listings if you launch your search from our home page. The "Search" icon can be found near the bottom of the BloodPage home page.

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Why Are You Only Open Three Days A Week?

We are primarily a mail-order business and simply cannot be on-site seven days a week. Don't misunderstand, however - we certainly are working seven days a week! You are welcome to leave a voice-mail message at any time outside our normal business hours and we will respond at our earliest opportunity (usually within 24 hours). As well we will gladly (and promptly) respond to any email inquiry sent to us at books@bloodpage.com.

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