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About Our Inventory

Most of our inventory consists of second-hand, or used, items, although you will find "New" items here and there.  And while we do have an eclectic selection, we are still predominantly, used book dealers.  We strive to describe all of our inventory items as critically and as accurately as possible.  Full book listings will include all the pertinent book details (publisher, edition, condition, synopsis, excerpt, reviews) that are available, as well as at least one photograph.  Photographs are taken of the actual inventory items that we have on offer. When an item changes because it sells, the photograph will change as well. And if there is ever anything further that you wish to know about an inventory item, or if you would like to see additional photographs (interior views, alternate views, etc.), please just ask.

We have several thousand book titles not yet entered into inventory, but gradually making their way there. If there’s something that you are looking for and not able to find, we may have it. If you send an
email request, we’ll check our stock and get back to you as soon as we can. If we don’t have what you’re looking for, we’ll keep your request and let you know if we get it.


All of our books with Dust Jackets are sold with the Dust Jacket protected in a Brodart Just-a-Fold III Archival-Quality Book Jacket Cover. These Lo-Luster, Super-Clear covers offer premium protection. Please note, some books are photographed in their Book Jacket Cover; others are not. All are sold and shipped in their cover.

We perform a thorough check of each book ordered before it is shipped out. This is to ensure that there are no missing pages (or parts of pages), that all the stuff that people tend to stick between the pages of books for "safekeeping" or to use as a bookmark is removed (yes, we have found money and other quite interesting items), and that the book is in a clean state.

When repairs have been made to a book, or when it is necessary for us to make repairs, we note this in the "Condition" description of the book. We use only quality book repair and cleaning supplies for the tasks that we perform. Work done prior to us coming into possession of books is noted as "previously repaired" in the "Condition" description, and we have no way of knowing what materials were used in these cases. Books of great value, books of considerable age, and/or books with considerable damage (when we deal with these, which is only in particular cases) are offered and sold "As Is" with detailed descriptions of their problems. It is our recommendation that any repairs that you choose to make to these books be performed by repair/restoration/binding professionals.


the way in which we apply these terms to both book and dust jacket

As New

  • used only when in as-published condition
  • all pages
  • no wear
  • no defects


  • approaches the condition of As New
  • lacks a bit of the lustre and/or crispness
  • no major signs of wear
  • all pages
  • no defects

Very Good 

  • approaches the condition of Fine
  • shows small signs of wear
  • all pages
  • any defects noted


  • the average used book
  • shows signs of wear
  • all pages
  • any defects noted


  • worn book
  • complete text pages
  • may lack endpapers, half-title, etc. (which is noted)
  • all defects noted


  • Reading Copy
  • complete text pages
  • may lack endpapers, half-title, etc. (which is noted)
  • may lack maps, photographs, drawings, etc. (which is noted)
  • all defects noted (which may include the following: soiled, scuffed, stained, spotted, loose joints, hinges, pages, etc.)


Backstrip - the covering of the book's spine

Boards - the stiff binding material used for books

Chipped - term used when small pieces are missing or frayed on a dust jacket or the edge of a paperback

Cocked (Spine) - a spine which is on an angle, meaning that the boards/covers do not line up evenly with each other

Dust Jacket/Dust Wrapper - the paper wrapper placed around a book to protect it

Edges - the outer surfaces of the pages of a book

End Papers - the sheets of paper glued onto the inner covers, attaching the book to the boards/covers; one side is glued to the inside cover, the other is free

First Separate Edition - the first appearance of a work that has previously appeared as part of another book

First Thus - not a true first edition, but something is new; may be revised, have a new introduction, be the first publication in paperback or by another publisher

Front Matter - the pages preceding the text of a book, in the following order: bastard title or fly title, frontispiece, title page, copyright page, dedication, preface or forward, table of contents, list of illustrations, introduction, acknowledgments, half title

Hinge - the joint of the binding of a book

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